One of Australia’s great rugby careers is finally over after George Smith announced retirement after 20 years of service. George Smith is not a part of this year’s world cup, the community who love their favorite team they are booking Rugby World Cup tickets online.
Smith’s short-term contract with English club Bristol ended this weekend, leaving the 38-year-old announced that he would end a professional term that would have swallowed half of his life, having started as a teenager dreadlocked with the Brumbies in 2000.
His first of the 111 tests followed that year and he won on the open flank for a decade, rarely giving up his standards and being widely recognized as one of the best performers in his country.
“It has been an absolute privilege to play professionally over the last 20 years,” he wrote in a statement.
Smith made a special mention to Eddie Jones, former coach of the Brumbies and Wallabies, coach of England, whom he described as his most important rugby mentor.
“In my career, I was very lucky to have arrived in Canberra when I was 19 years old and had the luxury of being coached by ACT Brumbies’ best coaches,” he said.
These early years in Canberra shaped part of my rugby identity and reinforced my personal ambitions to perfect myself as a rugby player.
Aside from a unique appearance against the British and Irish Lions in 2013, the second half of Smith’s career was far from the test arena and was notable for the level of falling of his standards.
He played in seven different clubs in France, England, and Japan, as well as two seasons with the Queensland Reds, which ended last year.
Two-time medalist John Eales surprised observers as Smith proved himself with Bristol last week. An English journalist noted that, rather than relaxing, Smith remained after training to complete fitness and skill extras.
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