Brumbies prop moves to Cape Town

Date published: July 10 2015

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Former Western Province youth team prop Jean-Pierre Smith will return to Cape Town from the Brumbies in Australia and will form part of WP's 2015 Currie Cup squad.

Smith is capable of playing at both loosehead and tighthead prop and he will bolster WP's prop resources during their Currie Cup title defence in the absence of Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, who are with the Springbok squad at present, and Vincent Koch, who is on loan to the Stormers for Super Rugby only.

25-year-old Smith is a former Paarl Gym scholar, who has represented WP at U9 and U21 level, as well as playing five senior matches for the Vodacom Cup team in 2010.

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal commented: "JP's ability to play on either side of the scrum is a big boost for us, as Currie Cup matchday squads are made up of just 22 players (with just one prop on the bench).

"JP is a former Province man, so this a home-coming for him, but he would've learnt a lot during his spell in Australia and we look forward to welcoming him back here next week."

Smith – along with his brother Ruan – moved to Australia in 2011 and made 24 appearances for the Brumbies, having made his debut against the Hurricanes in 2014.

The 124kg front-rower said: "I'm looking forward to returning home and contributing, in some way, to WP's 2015 Currie Cup title defence.

"I think I have grown a lot during my time abroad, both on and off the field, but mainly on the field where I was fortunate to play in Super Rugby games against some tough and experienced international props."

Smith will join up with his Western Province teammates at training on Monday, July 13, in time for the remainder of their pre-season training.

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