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White keen to extend Smith loan

26th March 2013 07:54


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Brumbies boss Jake White has revealed that he is keen to extend flanker George Smith's loan from Japanese club Suntory.

The former Wallaby is on a three-month loan from Suntory during their off-season break.

He has been a revelation for the Brumbies following a season-ending knee injury to their first-choice openside flanker David Pocock.

Despite missing the opening two rounds, Smith is second behind Reds flanker Liam Gill for the most pilfers and turnovers won in the entire tournament after six rounds.

White said he would like to retain the 32-year-old's services and would negotiate to whoever he needed to to see if it was possible but added that he did not want to rush the process.

"I think it would be a bit unfair for me to literally after two or three weeks start phoning and say 'How long can I have him for?"' he told AAP.

"They (Suntory) have been really kind by loaning him to us. So what I'll do is just wait and see how the season pans out."

Meanwhile, full-back Jesse Mogg and scrum-half Nic White are expected to return for Saturday's clash with the Bulls in Canberra.

White believes the duo's long-range kicking abilities was greatly missed in their 35-22 defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend and is looking forward to their return.

"Both Jesse and Nic are very important in how we get from our D and C zone into the A zone," he explained. "They recovered quite nicely in their week off so I'm hoping all things being equal they'll be available for selection.

"It's a major boost because they've been so good for us this season."

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