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No plans for Smith to play Super Rugby in 2014

Brumbies star flanker George Smith has no plans for Super rugby next year

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Article Published: Tuesday 30 April 2013






Brumbies star flanker George Smith says that while he has returned to Super Rugby for this season there are no plans to return next season.

Smith is currently on loan to the Brumbies from his Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath with whom he has a contract for this season and next season.

The former Wallaby is set to break George Gregan's record of 136 Brumbies caps this weekend against the Crusaders on Sunday.

Smith says that breaking the record and becoming the most capped Brumbies player means"a hell of a lot" to him, having been with the franchise on and off since 1999.

"To be a one-club person within Australia is very important to me," Smith told ABC Grandstand.

"It shows that I'm very loyal to the team that I do play in and also to the organisation.

"To play for the Brumbies is only a privilege that few get to do - to reach this milestone is fantastic."

Smith has been in impressive form since he returned to Super Rugby and there has been plenty of speculation that he will get a Wallabies call-up for the Lions tour.

Having been one of the Brumbies best players during his current guest stint this year there has also been speculation that he could return next year but Smith says that right now his thinking is clear.

"At this stage, no," he said when asked potentially returning for another season of Super Rugby.

"I can't envisage myself playing another season but anything (can) happen."

"There are no plans to return to Super Rugby next season."

Smith said that he felt energised by playing with younger players even if some of them were still in primary school when he made his Brumbies debut.

"I got reminded of that today, it's nice I hear that they put my poster on their walls (at school)," he said.

"To play alongside these guys as I said energises me and my training methods ... it's great to be a part of this."

Smith has refused to talk about when he will retire from playing rugby but he did say he would continue for as long as he was competitive and enjoying the game.

"I'm 32 at the moment and not too many players go beyond their mid 30s," he said.

Smith said that once he does hang up his playing boots he does not see himself going into coaching but would like to remain involved in the game.

"In terms of a mentor to young players I could definitely do that," he said.

"I'd like to pass on some of the things I've learned through my rugby career."

 
 
 
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