25 Feb 2013

George Smith returns to Brumbies

3:27 pm on 25 February 2013

The former Wallaby flanker George Smith will join the Canberra Brumbies on a short term contract, filling the final spot in the team's 35-man squad.

The veteran of 128 Brumbies games and 110 Tests, Smith has been representing Suntory in the Japanese league, claiming the club's fifth title on Sunday.

He left the Brumbies after 2010 for France where he played with Toulon before moving to Japan.

He enjoyed a similar short-term stint with iconic Parisian outfit, Stade Francais in 2012.

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 him the most decorated player the Brumbies have ever kept on their books.

With Smith now free for the Japanese off-season, Head Coach Jake White said a player of his ability and experience was a huge bonus for his team moving forward.

George Smith will start training with the Brumbies next week and will be available for selection for the home game against the Waratahs in two weeks time.