After a glittering and remarkable 19-year playing career, Wallaby legend George Smith has officially announced his retirement from the game.
Tuesday’s news brought down the curtain on an unbelievable tenure on the field from Smith, 38, and unsurprisingly the tributes continue to pour in from all around the rugby globe. We’ll be posting the best from former team-mates, colleagues and supporters of the great man’s career.
— Kurtley Beale (@kurtley_beale) May 21, 2019
I’ve often been asked to name the best ‘all round’ player I’ve called .. and George Smith is my No 1. He was so talented and so consistent. You always knew he would be giving 100%. All the best in retirement George.@FOXRUGBY pic.twitter.com/tlbBGjtEG7
— Greg Clark (@greg_clarkie) May 21, 2019
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) May 21, 2019
Farewell to the 🐐.
— RUGBYcomau (@rugbycomau) May 20, 2019
— Barbarian FC (@Barbarian_FC) May 21, 2019
What a legend! 🐝
Thank you for the impact you had on everyone at the club in such a short space of time… pic.twitter.com/SIfFcgg9e3
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) May 21, 2019
— Stade Français Paris (@SFParisRugby) May 21, 2019
George Smith was a real joy to watch.
Easily one of the greatest players to ever wear a Wallaby jersey.
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) May 21, 2019
George Smith has retired from rugby.
What a player.
What a career.
Up there with the very best of all time.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) May 21, 2019
Watching 1st team training this week & was struck by George Smith doing fitness & skills extra’s – in his final ever week as a professional! No wonder he has been at the top for 20 years! Young players trying to be the best they can – Be like George! pic.twitter.com/2HhT0W62rl
— Bristol Bears Academy (@brfc_academy) May 19, 2019