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Dai Young laments imminent exit of George Smith

  • Wasps director of rugby Dai Young lamented George Smith’s inevitable departure from the Aviva Premiership
  • Smith displayed his playmaking prowess by creating two tries Rob Miller in Sunday’s 28-6 victory Northampton
  • The 35-year-old openside is nearing the end of his one-year contract at the Ricoh Arena and will end his career in Japanese club rugby.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young lamented George Smith’s inevitable departure from the Aviva Premiership after watching Northampton unravel at the hands of the Australian.

His stellar performances have marked him out as a leading contender for Premiership player of the season and Young views him as one of the league’s finest imports.



“Everybody is enjoying watching a player of his quality. He’s got to be up there for Premiership player of the season.” said Young

“It’s the unseen stuff that he’s given us around the club, not just what you see on the pitch.

“He’s so professional in the way he prepares. He’s approachable and tries to help everybody. He’s a role model for any player.”

Smith displayed his playmaking prowess by using footwork and guile to create two tries for man of the match Rob Miller in Sunday’s 28-6 victory over play-off rivals Northampton.



The 35-year-old openside, who gave England breakdown coaching during the RBS 6 Nations, is nearing the end of his one-year contract at the Ricoh Arena and has resolved to complete the final instalment of his celebrated career in Japanese club rugby.

“There’s not really any way we could stop George leaving. We’d love to keep him,” Young said.

“When he came we knew it would only be for one year. He’s been excellent for us and for the Premiership as well.

“You want these types of players in the Premiership and thankfully he’s playing for us.”

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