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Wallaby Smith retires

Wallabies great George Smith announced his retirement yesterday after a stint with Bristol in the England Premiership, calling time on nearly 20 years playing rugby. The veteran Australian flanker, who made his Super Rugby debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2000 and went on to win 111 test caps, said it had been an “absolute privilege.” “Finally the day has come where I officially announce my retirement from professional rugby,” the 38-year-old said in statement on the Rugby Australia website. “Rugby has provided and given me so much. The dreams that I had of playing rugby professionally as a young bloke, I’m fortunate to say that I’ve lived them and experienced so much more during my time.” Smith singled out former Brumbies and Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, now England boss, for special mention, calling him “a constant supporter and mentor.” Smith played almost 150 games for the Brumbies during a career that also took him to the Queensland Reds, French sides Toulon, Lyon and Stade Francais, along with Japan’s Suntory and English teams Wasps and Bristol.


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