Queensland Reds score coup with flanker George Smith’s signing
George Smith has agreed to a deal to play for the Queensland Reds
The back-rower will also continue playing club rugby in Japan
The Reds said Smith would join for the 2017 and 2018 seasons
Super Rugby side Queensland Reds have secured the services of Wallabies legend George Smith on a two-year contract.
The 35-year-old is one of the Wallabies’ greatest-ever back-rowers with 111 Test caps having also won two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies.
Smith will join for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, while juggling stints with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan’s Top League.
“The body feels great and the experience in England has been outstanding,” said Smith, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2000 and is coming off a stellar season in the English Premiership with Wasps.
“I’m really looking forward to playing Super Rugby again. I want to make a positive difference wherever I go and I feel I can do this with the Reds.”
The Reds have already secured the services of Wallaby skipper Stephen Moore and flank Leroy Houston for 2017.
“George is one of the greats of the modern game. He is still one of the best number sevens in the world,” Queensland Rugby Union executive general manager Daniel Herbert said.
“He just took out the Rugby Players Association Players Player award in England and helped lift Wasps to an English Premiership semi-final this season.
“George will be the best possible mentor to our young group and our emerging back-rowers.”