George Smith
George Smith
George Smith AM is an Australian rugby union player. He is a flanker for Toulon. He won 110 caps for Australia before retiring from international rugby on 5 February 2010. He made his Test debut in 2000 against France in Paris and he is the most capped Wallaby forward, and the most capped flanker in the history of Rugby Union. He holds the world record as the youngest player to have played 100 test matches at 29 years and 4 days.
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Rugby-Evergreen Smith to return to Australia with Reds
Yahoo News - 9 months
* Smith to play on until 38 * Reds 'have room' for Cooper (adds quotes on Cooper, detail, changes dateline, adds byline) By Nick Mulvenney BRISBANE, June 10 (Reuters) - Wallabies great George Smith will continue playing top class rugby until at least the age of 38 after signing a two-year deal to return to Australia with the Queensland Reds Super Rugby team on Friday. The 111-cap flanker, who turns 36 next month, will join the Brisbane-based side for the 2017 and 2018 seasons while also playing for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League. Smith's capture will fill the hole left by openside Liam Gill, who has decided to leave Australia for French club Toulon at the end of the season.
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Rugby Union - Australia's Smith says end in sight to England aid
Yahoo News - 10 months
- Australia great George Smith has promised his compatriots his time assisting "old enemy" England is coming to an end. The former Wallaby openside, set to appear for Wasps in their European Champions Cup semi-final against English rivals Saracens on Saturday, acted as a coaching consultant to compatriot Eddie Jones during England's victorious Six Nations grand slam campaign this season. But the 35-year-old flanker, still an active player, has also been passing on his knowledge at club level where team-mates include England's James Haskell and Nathan Hughes. ...
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Rugby-Hooper, Pocock meeting no seven decider for Wallabies
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, April 30 (Reuters) - There are many forward positions, particularly in the tight five, where Australia coach Michael Cheika would dearly love to have the range of options he should boast at openside flanker when he comes to choose his World Cup squad. Such is the competition for number seven shirt that even last year's Wallabies captain Michael Hooper knows he will have to maintain his consistently high standards to be certain of making the final 31-man party that Cheika takes to England. David Pocock, the sole openside in Robbie Deans's squad for the 2011 World Cup, has stormed back from two years on the sidelines, while Liam Gill has been stealing more than his fair share of ball for a poor Queensland Reds side. Cheika said last week he would probably only take two opensides to the World Cup and another player was added to his list of choices when an eligibility rule change brought 111-cap George Smith back into the reckoning.
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Rugby-Cheika will consider Giteau, Smith, Mitchell for World Cup
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika says he would be "stupid" not to consider Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell for Wallabies selection after the trio, who play their club rugby in France, became eligible this week. The Australian Rugby Union, which like New Zealand and England had previously considered only home-based players for selection, partially reversed their policy on Wednesday to bring the three back into contention for this year's World Cup. "That's the whole idea to have more players to choose from, so of course I'm looking at them now and once I find their phone numbers I'm sure I'll be contacting them." Flyhalf Giteau, flanker Smith and winger Mitchell qualify for the exemption because they have won 60 caps and played for seven years for Australian Super Rugby sides.
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Rugby-Smith, Giteau, Mitchell back in Wallabies World Cup frame
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) - In one brief but groundbreaking announcement from the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday, George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell were offered the hope of reviving their Wallabies careers in time for this year's World Cup. The policy shift to allow foreign-based Australians to play test rugby for the first time was aimed at mitigating the impact of the exodus of talent at the end of the season but also handed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika a potential 266 caps worth of experience. Flyhalf Giteau, who can also play at inside centre and started his career as a scrumhalf, won 92 caps before he fell out with then coach Robbie Deans and stormed off to Toulon after being left out of the squad for the 2011 World Cup.
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Yorkshire Amateur: All Saints’ march to drop slots continues
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
GRANGEFIELD Old Boys moved back to the top of Senior A with Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of relegation-threatened visitors Trinity And All Saints. Grangefield led 2-0 at the interval with goals from Andy Kenyon and Rhys Moore with Matty Tomlinson putting the game out of reach of Trinity in the 49th minute. The Huddersfield Amateur revival continued as they moved sixth after they enjoyed a 5-0 win at home to Old Modernians who are also hovering above the dropzone. Two goals from Mohammed Ozair plus one each from Chris Binks, Ronan Murphy and Joe Simmons saw them to victory. Wigton Moor moved second in Senior B after their 6-2 success against struggling Thornesians who have yet to win this season. Wigton raced into a 4-0 half time lead with all four goals skilfully taken by the in-form Danny Lyons who is the Senior B leading scorer on nine goals. Goals from Gareth Hill and Mally Bolland gave Thornes an outside chance of recovery but the game was sealed by firstly David Copnall after being p ...
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Rugby: 2 Different Final Hurrahs in Australia vs. Lions Rugby Match
NYTimes - over 3 years
Australia flanker George Smith will be looking to write a fairytale ending to his international career on Saturday, while Brian O'Driscoll will watch from the stands.     
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Wallaby Smith Gets Recall for Third Lions Test
NYTimes - over 3 years
Flanker George Smith will make a sensational return to test rugby on Saturday after being named to start for Australia in the decisive third test against the British and Irish Lions.     
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Wallaby Smith Recalled for Third Lions Test
NYTimes - over 3 years
Flanker George Smith will make a sensational return to test rugby on Saturday after being named to start for Australia in the decisive third test against the British and Irish Lions.     
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Smith to Start in Third Lions Test-Report
NYTimes - over 3 years
Flanker George Smith is set to make a sensational return to the Australia team for Saturday's decisive third test against the British and Irish Lions, News Limited newspapers reported on Wednesday.     
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Wallabies Flanker Hooper Relishing Rival Smith's Influence
NYTimes - over 3 years
Facing Australia great George Smith in Super Rugby was a "nightmare" for Michael Hooper but training alongside him ahead of Saturday's crunch second test against the British and Irish Lions is more like a dream, the Wallabies flanker said.     
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Fit Smith Thinks Wallabies Had the Best of the First Test
NYTimes - over 3 years
Flanker George Smith said he was fit and ready to play against the British and Irish Lions and thought Australia were the better team in the first test despite their defeat in Brisbane on Saturday.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    On 10 June 2016, the Queensland Reds announced that he would play in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details He will still play for Suntory Sungoliath in the Japanese Top League campaigns in Japan. Smith, who is of Tongan background, is the older brother of fellow Brumbies player and Tongan rugby league international Tyrone Smith. He was easily recognised on the field by his dreadlocked hair style until late 2006 – when he decided to sell his dreadlocks for charity. He told the Daily Telegraph "I wouldn't expect much for the (dreadlocks), but anything for the charity would be great." They were given to a charity for younger people with cancer. Smith was the face of Australian version of Electronic Arts' video game Rugby 2005.
    On 16 May 2016, it was announced Smith would leave Wasps in England to return to Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath.
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    During his spell in England, Smith was also involved in the England coaching setup during the 2016 Six Nations Championship
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    After leaving French club Lyon on their relegation to the Pro D2, Smith made a move to England to sign for Wasps in the Aviva Premiership from the 2015-16 season.
    More Details Hide Details During his season with Wasps, Smith won a number of awards; including Wasps' Players' Player of the Year, Wasps' Player of the Year, Aviva Premiership Players' Player of the Year and Green Flag Forward of the Season.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    On 23 June 2013, after recovering from a knee injury, Smith was recalled to the Australian squad for the series against the British and Irish Lions.
    More Details Hide Details After being overlooked for the second test, Smith was named as the starting open side flanker for the third and deciding test in Sydney. It would be his first test since his retirement from international rugby in February 2010 and would break Colin Meads' record of 4382 days between his first test against the Lions, and his last.
    On 25 February 2013, the Brumbies announced he would return to Australia on a short term contract, for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
    More Details Hide Details This followed Ita Vaea's season-ending injury. Smith has the approval of his Japanese club Sungoliath for his 12-week stint back in Australia.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    In April 2011, Smith become the highest paid Australian rugby player by signing with Japanese club, Suntory Sungoliath, on a $3.3 million deal.
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    In March 2011, Smith played for the Australia XV team alongside fellow Tongan, Lisiate Tafa, in the Southern Hemisphere Charity Fundraiser against the Pacific Barbarians.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    In 2010, he was selected in the French Barbarians to play at blindside flanker (number 6) against Tonga.
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    In June 2010, Smith signed a one-year contract with French Top 14 club Toulon.
    More Details Hide Details His le Rugby Club Toulonnais team mates included former Highlander and All Black prop Carl Hayman, and former Brumbies' scrum-half Matt Henjak.
    On 5 February 2010, Smith announced his retirement from international rugby. 2010 was expected to be his last in Super Rugby.
    More Details Hide Details Smith celebrated with the achievement of his 9th Brumbies Players' Player of the Year, with eight of those awards being consecutive.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    2008 was a big year for Smith.
    More Details Hide Details He captained the Brumbies and the Wallabies and became the first player to win the John Eales Medal, twice. In addition, Smith won the "Super 14 Player of the Year Award", for the third consecutive year and the Brett Robinson Award as the Brumbies' Players' Player of the year for the sixth consecutive year. He also reached a personal milestone during the season, when he made his 100th Super Rugby appearance against the Cheetahs in round six. In a memorable double for the Smith family, George's younger brother, Brumbies teammate Tyrone, was named rookie of the year. In the international arena, the older Smith also became both the most capped flanker and the most capped forward – the latter being previously held by John Eales.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    These recognitions underlined his position as one of rugby's most respected players, reinforced further when he became the Wallabies 75th captain, against Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    He won Australian Super 14 Player of the Year four years in a row between 2006 and 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 the breakdown specialist capped off another remarkable season claiming awards including: the Brett Robinson Award as the Brumbies' Players' Player for the fifth consecutive year; Super 14 Player of the Year; and the Rugby Union Players' Association 'Rugby Medal for Excellence'.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In 2002, he was the first recipient of the John Eales Medal, awarded by the Australian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players' Association to their Player of the Year.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    Smith was a key player for the Wallabies from 2000–09.
    More Details Hide Details He was often voted Players' Player of the Year, awarded for fair-play by his team mates and officials. He has recently been chosen as a member of the Wallaby Team of the Decade, a remarkable feat considering his age and one of only three current players picked.
    He made his Super 12 debut in just his first year of professional rugby in 2000, playing against the Sharks, and he scored a try in the Brumbies Super 12 final loss to the Canterbury Crusaders.
    More Details Hide Details In a remarkable year, Smith was also capped for the first time in the Wallabies end of season tour against France.
    He made his Test debut in 2000 against France in Paris and earning 111 caps for Australia, 110 before retiring from international rugby on 5 February 2010 and one final cap against the British and Irish Lions on 6 July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He is the second most capped Wallaby forward behind Nathan Sharpe, and is the second most capped flanker in rugby union behind Richie McCaw. He holds the world record as the youngest player to have played 100 test matches at 29 years and 4 days. Smith was born in Manly, Sydney. He began playing rugby with the Manly Roos/Warringah Roos, before moving on to play the majority of his junior career with the Manly Vikings, and Tupou College in Tonga, playing a year above his age group in the Sydney junior rugby competition. Once that team had reached its age limit (18 years old) and moved on to the colts competition, Smith remained in the Sydney junior rugby competition, this time lining up in his correct age group for the Seaforth-Balgowlah Raiders. He then progressed to playing in the Manly 1st grade Colts side who also won a premiership in 1999. It was during that season that Smith made his first grade debut at Nepean Rugby Park against The Penrith Emus. During his junior career he was selected for many representative teams, including Manly, Sydney, Northern Zone, NSW, and Australian Under 16s. Smith also had a successful school career, first at Balgowlah Boys High School, then at Cromer High School, where, along with Tongan international John Payne, he won the Australian Schools Championship.
  • 1999
    Age 18
    He was signed to the ACT Brumbies by Eddie Jones in 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 17
    He played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1998.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on July 14, 1980.
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