Wallabies watch: George Smith

by Staff Writer

The man that just keeps on giving, not only for Rugby in Australia but overseas too. Fresh from a two-game stint with the Barbarians, including a run-on spot against England at Twickenham, Smith is eligible for the Wallabies once again.

The 34-year old has just signed for London Wasps after killing it for Lyon in the Top 14 but has revealed he’s yet to have contact with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

“No phone calls yet but I’m looking forward to the Wasps challenge,” Smith said recently.

The 111-cap veteran, who made his debut almost 15 years ago, is available for national selection after a change in eligibility rules, more than covering the 60 cap and 7 year service threshold.

One of the greatest flankers to ever play the game, Smith recently paired with Brad Thorn and former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans in Barbarians colours. The BaaBaas knocking off Ireland before falling to a heavy defeat at the hands of England.

His last Wallabies cap back in July 2013 in the Third Test of the British and Irish Lions series.

Will he be fit enough? Is he still fast enough?

Those are the headaches for Michael Cheika and his Wallabies selectors.

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