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Smith in race to be fit for Wallabies

15th June 2013 07:12


George Smith at the breakdown for Brumbies

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Brumbies boss Jake White feels it's unlikely veteran flanker George Smith will be fit to play for Australia in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

Smith was amongst the frontrunners to wear the Wallabies' number seven jersey in the three-Test series until he sustained a grade-two medial ligament tear in the Brumbies' defeat to the Waratahs on May 18.

The 32-year-old, could have returned to action for the Wallabies for the second Test against the Lions in Melbourne on June 29. But White said it's not likely to happen.

''I don't think he's going to be ready,'' White told AAP.

''He would like to believe that he can be, but I think to go from literally a couple of weeks ago getting injured to going straight into a second Test match is highly unlikely.

''But at the same time, if Robbie [Deans] thinks it's in the best interests of the Wallabies and George feels he can add value, I have no doubt that they would look at him.''

While it's believed Smith could come into reckoning for the third Test in Sydney on July 6, he would most likely only be selected if the Wallabies encountered injuries to current openside options Michael Hooper and Liam Gill.