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Miracle return to Boks for Smith?

22nd July 2014 17:07

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HEINEKEN CUP FINAL JUAN SMITH TOULON

Dream return: Juan Smith

Juan Smith is set to complete an extraordinary return to Test rugby after being named in South Africa's squad for a training camp in August, according to Toulon.

Toulon have announced that Smith, along with Bakkies Botha and Bryan Habana, have been selected to attend a South African training camp in August.

Smith, who won the Heineken Cup and Top 14 titles with Toulon last season, has been rejuvenated in France after taking an indefinite break from the sport back in 2012 due to a persistent battle with an Achilles injury.

The flanker/number eight had four surgeries to correct the problem but was forced to retire in February 2013 after struggling in his comeback match for the Cheetahs.

But, Smith signed with Toulon in September last year to great surprise and has been in outstanding form for the French and European champions.

Smith is the latest of a number of former Springboks to return to form and action ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, following the lead of Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger.

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