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Smith joins Springboks

Friday, August 08, 2014

Experienced international forward Juan Smith has been drafted into the Springboks' squad preparing for Rugby Championship.

Smith is a Rugby World Cup winner in 2007 who has 69 Test caps to his name.

He will join the squad in Johannesburg as replacement following confirmation that Victor Matfield will miss the opening Test of the Rugby Championship next Saturday in Pretoria against Argentina.

"Our need at this stage is to draft in a player who can cover lock and loose forward, and we feel Juan is the right man for the job," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Smith will join the Springboks in Johannesburg on Thursday.

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