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Smith in selection frame - Deans

27th March 2013 06:34


George Smith Brumbies v Waratahs 2013

Smith: Moving closer to Wallabies return

Australia coach Robbie Deans has not ruled out a return to the Test arena for veteran flank George Smith for the British and Irish Lions series.

The 32-year-old loose forward has been in scintillating form for the Brumbies,

and could add to his 110 Wallaby caps if he can get his loan from Japanese club Suntory extended.

At first Deans said he wouldn't consider selecting Smith because he was still under contract to his Japanese club Suntory and therefore ineligible to play under Australian Rugby Union (ARU) rules.

However, Deans has now changed his tune if the forward's eligibility is resolved.

"If the Brumbies seek permission, that's the logical progression for sure," said Deans.

"It's always good to have a longer queue of players, there's no doubt about that, so it would be great to be able to consider him.

"(Experience) is a valuable asset in cauldrons like Lions series, they are the reason the word cauldron developed."