Brumbies coach Jake White has revealed that he will look into getting a contract extension for George Smith from Japanese club Suntory.
Smith joined the Brumbies on a three month deal to give David Pocock some down time as the Canberra outfit lost Ita Vaea for the whole season.
However Pocock was injured in the 12th minute of the Brumbies fourth round clash against the Waratahs and he too has been ruled out for the season.
Smith missed the first two rounds of Super Rugby Smith is is only behind Reds flanker Liam Gill for the most pilfers and turnovers forced in the entire competition after six rounds.
White says that he would like to keep the thirty-two-year-old former international Smith and he will speak to whoever he needs to in order to find out if it is possible to extend the loan while adding that he did not want to rush the process.
"I think it would be a bit unfair for me to literally after two or three weeks start phoning and say 'How long can I have him for?'" White said.
"They (Suntory) have been really kind by loaning him to us.
"So what I'll do is just wait and see how the season pans out."
Meanwhile White says that fullback Jesse Mogg and halfback Nic White are expected to return from injury this week and face the Bulls following their loss to the Stormers.
The Brumbies lost their first match on Saturday and sorely missed Mogg's boot but his return would be significant boost as the will have to overcome the jetlag in contrast to the Bulls who played in Brisbane on the weekend.
White said that he was looking forward to having Mogg's long range kicking back as well as halfback White.
"Both Jesse and Nic are very important in how we get from our D and C zone into the A zone," White told AAP.
"They recovered quite nicely in their week off so I'm hoping all things being equal they'll be available for selection.
"It's a major boost because they've been so good for us this season."