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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 5:53 am 
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OK, slight hyperbole maybe (Jones was probably a bit better), but George Smith has finally hung up the boots ...

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One of the great Australian rugby careers is finally over after George Smith announced his retirement following 20 years of yeoman service.
Smith’s short-term contract with English club Bristol finished over the weekend, leaving the 38-year-old to announce he would end a professional tenure that had encompassed half his life, beginning as a dreadlocked teenager with the Brumbies in 2000.

His first of 111 Tests followed that year and he became fixture on the openside flank for a decade, rarely dropping his standards and being widely acknowledged as one of his country’s finest performers.


https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/wallabies-legend-george-smith-calls-time-on-20year-career/news-story/0923eafa4e3e998497cd987eeb87b963


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 6:02 am 
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Pshh, he wasn't even good enough to keep Phil Waugh out of the 7 jersey.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 6:05 am 
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Right up there with jones and maccaw, great career, too bad no world cup, if he only started a year earlier haha would have one.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:27 am 
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Fantastic player, 38 is a fine innings.


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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Pshh, he wasn't even good enough to keep Phil Waugh out of the 7 jersey.

Um, he was only 19 when he joined the Brumbies.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:42 am 
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Played around 460 games of professional/test rugby, mostly as a starter on for the full 80.

Meanwhile Pocock is sitting on around 180.

GS definitely GOAT Australian number 7.


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Played around 460 games of professional/test rugby, mostly as a starter on for the full 80.

Meanwhile Pocock is sitting on around 180.

GS definitely GOAT Australian number 7.


its not even close.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:03 am 
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Incredible how much the game has changed over the duration of one man’s career. Credit to him for keeping up.


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Great, great player. Fantastic career. A pleasure watching him in his pomp even though he was playing for the opposition. :thumbup:


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Great, great player. Fantastic career. A pleasure watching him in his pomp even though he was playing for the opposition. :thumbup:


Absolutely. He was always a feared opponent. Well done, George.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:18 am 
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Impressive stuff

Top bloke as well

Was going to offer Brad Thorn as the equivalent in another position, but would derail


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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Pshh, he wasn't even good enough to keep Phil Waugh out of the 7 jersey.


Or considerate enough to keep Phil Waugh's face off the TV.


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Mick Mannock wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Pshh, he wasn't even good enough to keep Phil Waugh out of the 7 jersey.


Or considerate enough to keep Phil Waugh's face off the TV.


lol Phil Caveman Waugh.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:01 am 
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Great player and a great career. Playing at 7 at top level at 38 is incredible.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:11 am 
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Like all top loose-forwards he often had one thinking he is getting away with murder


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Monk Zombie wrote:
Like all top loose-forwards he often had one thinking he is getting away with murder



That rules Marc Cecillon out then... :P


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:18 am 
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Monk Zombie wrote:
Like all top loose-forwards he often had one thinking he is getting away with murder



That rules Marc Cecillon out then... :P



Don't be cruel


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:45 am 
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20 years of pro rugby in possibly the most punishing position there is to play.

Sorry Ruchie, you'd be my GOAT openside as captain, but on pure skills Smith had you. I remember when people were laughing at the Brumbies for bringing him back in 2013 as cover for Pocock, saying "he's past it, no way can he still play Super Rugby", then pulls out a season like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U_tB18grqI&t=509s


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:55 am 
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Nailed on legend, here’s hoping his next career is even half as successful.


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Wonderful player indeed. It's a pity the two glaring holes in his cv are a) no world cup win and b) never turning out for thurrock.


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Bugger, was hoping he was going to be able to play across 4 decades!

Well done George, one of my all time favourite players.


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20 years of pro rugby in possibly the most punishing position there is to play.

Sorry Ruchie, you'd be my GOAT openside as captain, but on pure skills Smith had you. I remember when people were laughing at the Brumbies for bringing him back in 2013 as cover for Pocock, saying "he's past it, no way can he still play Super Rugby", then pulls out a season like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U_tB18grqI&t=509s


It would not be kind to play a reel of Richie's play in the RWC2015 final but if I needed a contemporary player to stand in for Richie at the last minute, G. Smith would be that man (if nationality was not a problem).


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Openside wrote:
Monk Zombie wrote:
Like all top loose-forwards he often had one thinking he is getting away with murder



That rules Marc Cecillon out then... :P


:lol:

Boom ! Headshot !





Oh, wait ......


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:59 pm 
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A great player. No doubt about that.


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Awesome player.


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Incredible player and will always be one of the most respected opponents.

It's a bit sad that so many of his supporters can still only refer to him by comparing him to McAWE though, he deserves a bit of individual recognition, shurely.


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Brumbieman wrote:
20 years of pro rugby in possibly the most punishing position there is to play.

Sorry Ruchie, you'd be my GOAT openside as captain, but on pure skills Smith had you. I remember when people were laughing at the Brumbies for bringing him back in 2013 as cover for Pocock, saying "he's past it, no way can he still play Super Rugby", then pulls out a season like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U_tB18grqI&t=509s


Some considered and well-argued points, *checks username* "Brumbieman".


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Ghost-Of-Nepia wrote:
Brumbieman wrote:
20 years of pro rugby in possibly the most punishing position there is to play.

Sorry Ruchie, you'd be my GOAT openside as captain, but on pure skills Smith had you. I remember when people were laughing at the Brumbies for bringing him back in 2013 as cover for Pocock, saying "he's past it, no way can he still play Super Rugby", then pulls out a season like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U_tB18grqI&t=509s


Some considered and well-argued points, *checks username* "Brumbieman".


Bloody Aussies, always trying to make it about Kiwis. So needy.

Also, well played George :thumbup:


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Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.


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Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.

:lol: Yes, quite. In that sense, he's the Fergie McCormack of his generation.


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ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.


Perfect shape for the position. Doesn't Pocock have a similar physique ideal for getting over the tackled player and pilfering the ball.


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booji boy wrote:
ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.


Perfect shape for the position. Doesn't Pocock have a similar physique ideal for getting over the tackled player and pilfering the ball.




I always think Buck Shelford had the greatest physique for the game and in that sense, Smith is very similar.


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Wasn't aware that Sam Warburton had retired a second time.


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Wasn't aware that Sam Warburton had retired a second time.


:lol:

Good one.


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ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.

:lol: Yes, quite. In that sense, he's the Fergie McCormick of his generation.


Fixed

I always reckoned Fungus would have been a superb hooker, tough as nails, quick reactions, physique that made him seem ready to join a scrum, ugly as sin already so could not be made to look worse, very mobile


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booji boy wrote:
ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.


Perfect shape for the position. Doesn't Pocock have a similar physique ideal for getting over the tackled player and pilfering the ball.


Sounds like the prototypical polynesian really.


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Deadset legend, George. One of my favourite players. Go well.


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Should have played more tests. Fcuken Deans.


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Kiwias wrote:
guy smiley wrote:
ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.

:lol: Yes, quite. In that sense, he's the Fergie McCormick of his generation.


Fixed

I always reckoned Fungus would have been a superb hooker, tough as nails, quick reactions, physique that made him seem ready to join a scrum, ugly as sin already so could not be made to look worse, very mobile

Would hold the record for yellow cards for pure thuggery. Or not, he might have the Owen Franks cloak of thuggery invisibility (not be confused with Richie's cloak of course).

I can't pass up you discussing Fergie without chucking a thug comment.


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Kiwias wrote:
guy smiley wrote:
ForzaIt wrote:
Interesting physique Smith has as well, very thick waisted, big backside and thighs. If you had to pick the perfect shape to play rugby then you wouldn't go far wrong with his. Super player.

:lol: Yes, quite. In that sense, he's the Fergie McCormick of his generation.


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I always reckoned Fungus would have been a superb hooker, tough as nails, quick reactions, physique that made him seem ready to join a scrum, ugly as sin already so could not be made to look worse, very mobile

Would hold the record for yellow cards for pure thuggery. Or not, he might have the Owen Franks cloak of thuggery invisibility (not be confused with Richie's cloak of course).

I can't pass up you discussing Fergie without chucking a thug comment.


Ritchies cloak seems to work really well, I remember him being cynical, breaking the rules at the breakdown, at the offside line, being annoying, but I for the life of me cannot really remember much thugishness especially from a player that played that long at that position, his lack of thugishness borders well on the annoying side.

it was almost annoying, he was like the ghandi of openside flankers, it must of been infuriating for opposition how hard it must of been to provoke him into retaliating.


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