Smith extends Bristol contract

by AFP

Australia great George Smith has signed a contract extension with Bristol, the English Premiership side announced Wednesday.

The 38-year-old flanker, who won 111 caps for the Wallabies, had originally agreed a six-month deal with the newly-promoted southwest side.

But Smith will now remain with Bristol until the end of the English season.

"George has been a superb addition to the squad, as we were confident he would be," Bristol coach Pat Lam told the club's website.

"Not only for his performances in the Premiership, where he has been one of our leaders on the pitch, but also for the way he has carried himself off the field."

Former Samoan international Lam added: "George sets a positive example, and the advice and mentoring he provides to the younger guys is invaluable.

"He brings nous and experience to us in a key position in the team. We are delighted to keep him here, and he's really enjoying it here, so it was an easy decision for both parties to make."

Bristol have won two of their opening six league games to lie 10th in the 12-team Premiership.