George Smith has finished his first training session as a University of Canberra Brumbies player since 2010, learning the team’s calls and plays in preparations for the clash with the Waratahs next Saturday night.
The 128-game veteran of Super Rugby was announced as the Brumbies 35th player on Monday this week. Smith is now in contention to play the rest of the Super Rugby season with the Brumbies. His plan is to return to Japan in July for Suntory’s pre-season.
Smith said he was pleased to be back in Canberra representing the Brumbies.
“There’s a few details out there that I’ll need to learn in terms of calls and patterns of play but once I get that sorted I’ll be ready to go,” Smith said.
“I’m already familiar with the club; I’ve played here for a good many years. My role with the club coming back will be to contribute on and off the field, but primarily I love to play rugby and I want to be a player in this team.
“The place has changed a lot since the last time I was here, the player are obviously all different, but when I got in here at 8am this morning and saw the guys enjoying each other’s company showed me there’s a really positive feeling around the place.
“On the field it was great hearing from Ben Mowen out there at training this morning, he’s got things running nicely and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
A former Wallabies and Brumbies Captain, Smith is one of seven players to reach 100 games for the Brumbies. He has claimed the Brett Robinson Players Player for the club on eight different occasions, making his the most decorated player the Brumbies have ever kept on their books.
Smith is nine games shy of breaking the record for the most games played by a Brumby, with George Gregan currently holding the mantle on 136.