Ruan Smith to leave Brumbies

Ruan Smith to leave Brumbies

Aquis Brumbies prop Ruan Smith has posted on social media this morning that he has made the decision not to return to the side in 2017.

Smith is currently in Japan, playing his second season with Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League.

The 26-year old debuted for the Brumbies in 2013 against the Waratahs and has gone on to make 51 appearances for the side. He also played two Super Rugby matches for the Western Force in 2012.

Via social media today, Smith said “Today has been hard for me. I made the decision that I won’t be returning to Canberra next year.”

“I would like to thank everyone involved in my journey. I will cherish every memory made in Canberra.

“Thanks to all the supporters that made it special for me. Canberra and the Brumbies will always be a big part of my life and will always be thankful for the opportunity the organisation game me.

“It’s hard when you have to walk away from the only thing you know, but I’m walking away with a happy heart knowing it was the best time of my life … it’s now time for the next chapter.

“Once again, thanks so much. Brumbies family forever….”

Brumbies interim CEO Phil Thomson has wished Smith all the best following his decision.

“It’s always tough when these things happen, but we fully support Ruan as he embarks on the next chapter in his career,” Thomson said.

“He’s been a fantastic servant of the Brumbies and the ACT Rugby community since he and his twin brother (Jean-Pierre) first arrived in Canberra and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Super Rugby, Round 14, GIO Stadium, Canberra ACT

Super Rugby, Round 14, GIO Stadium, Canberra ACT

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