Smith further boosts Brumbies

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers on the latest Super Rugby news from Australia

Smith back at the Brumbies

Jake White has pulled off a masterstroke by luring former captain George Smith to the Brumbies on a short term Super Rugby deal.

Smith completed his spell in Japan with club Suntory, who won the All Japan title over the weekend, and will join the Brumbies in training this week in the hope to add to his 128 Super Rugby caps.

White successfully got Clyde Rathbone back from retirement, having started both matches for the Brumbies and scoring a try this past weekend, and will hope Smith has a similar impact on the team.

O’Connor and Beale set to face Waratahs

According to Rebels coach Damien Hill, the Rebels were in with a chance of beating the Brumbies until James O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Scott Higginbotham went off injured and Jarred Saffy got a yellow card.

Beale’s shoulder popped out during the match, but is expected to be fit with O’Connor to face the Waratahs in an unchanged team. Hill did mention that he will tinker with the bench though.

Deans backs Folau

Israel Folau made his much publicised debut against the Reds this weekend, and came away from the match with mixed reactions about his performance.

While the ex-league, ex-AFL player looks to have some pace, he looked rather nervous on the Super Rugby stage. That said though, Australian coach Robbie Deans came forward to defend the player, stating that the decision to play the youngster at fullback was the correct call.

Folau scored a try on debut, but had very little to do to get the five pointer, literally catching the ball and falling over the line. Nevertheless, the player is sure to improve and have an impact for the Sydney based side.