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Smith set for comeback

  • 22 Aug 2013
Juan Smith scores a try for the Springboks Juan Smith scores a try for the Springboks

Springbok flank Juan Smith is set to make his return to the field after passing a medical at Toulon.

The 32-year-old retired from rugby because of an ongoing Achilles injury which had plagued him since the start of 2011, but he left for France on Sunday with the aim of reviving his career.

'I passed all my medical tests and I'm talking to them about a contract,' Smith told Volksblad newspaper. 'I'm excited and feel good. It was a long time [on the sidelines] and I'm glad it's over now. I only want to play rugby now.'

Smith thanked Cheetahs fitness coach Niel du Plessis for his remarkable recovery.

'Niel worked unbelievably hard to ensure that I can play again,' he said.

Click here to read SA Rugby magazine's interview with Juan Smith

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