The end of Smith?

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The end of Smith?

George Smith might have already played his last match for the Brumbies as it is unlikely that he will recover before the end of the Super 14.

Smith damaged a nerve in his shoulder against the Blues a fortnight ago and the Brumbies doctors have revealed that the injury is not reacting well to treatment. Lock Peter Kimlin suffered the same injury earlier in the season and is out for the year.

The former Wallabies flank was adamant last week that he would be back before the end of the campaign but head coach Andy Friend fears the worst.

‘I don’t even know if it’s going to be the game after [the Cheetahs], Friend told smh.com.au. ‘There’s still no response from that nerve in the shoulder. They need to normally give it about three weeks and then look for some other treatment.

‘We had a lengthy discussion about that on Monday, but we’re no clearer on what the future holds for him. We’re just hoping that over the course of this week we get a better indication.’

Smith will leave the Brumbies at the end of the season.

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