Smith wants to end career with Cheetahs

Date published: February 15 2016

Former Springbok and Cheetahs loose forward Juan Smith is keen to finish his outstanding career at the Cheetahs.

Smith, who featured 47 times for the Cheetahs and clocked up 70 Test caps for the Springboks, tore his Achilles tendon against the Bulls in 2011 in what would be his last performance for the Bloemfontein-based team.

The 34-year-old announced his retirement in 2013 after recurring troubles with his Achilles, but in a turnaround event signed with French club Toulon later that year. 

The loose forward's return to rugby was a remarkable one; in his first year at Toulon they retained the European Cup and Smith scored the winning try when Toulon defeated Castres to win the Top 14 title.

The former Cheetahs Super Rugby captain was recalled to the Springboks team for the Rugby Championship in 2014, and in 2015 Smith again won the Champions Cup with Toulon.

“I would like to spend my last season with Free State. I'm going to play in France for one more year and if my body allows it, I'll retire in the Free State after that,” Smith told Rapport.