King George you will be missed

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    George Smith playing for Stade Francais. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN

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    I feel robbed, yes robbed, of the chance to watch one of my favourite all time rugby players don the Wallaby jersey one last time.

    George Smith’s knee injury has left me gutted, god knows how he must be feeling.

    Yes he has been there, done that, earning player of the series honours when the Lions toured in 2001. However to play the Lions in two separate series would have been very special.

    He was 20 odd minutes from guaranteed selection before he did his knee against the Waratahs in a brutal clash which also claimed Tatafu Polota-Nau and probably Pat McCabe.

    Injuries are part and parcel of the game which Australian rugby knows too well in recent years.

    However George Smith was Mr Dependable, Mr Durable during his 10 seasons as a Wallaby and rarely missed a game. I was really looking forward to seeing him one more time in Wallaby colours.

    Notwithstanding my admiration for the great man, he will be a big loss in a colossal series.

    His toughness and experience can not be replaced. I’m surprised not much has been written about this. I realise Quade Cooper and Israel Folau have dominated the discussion and column space, however we are talking about one of the greatest Wallabies of all time.

    I wish Michael Hooper and Liam Gill all the best as they will need to bring every ounce of fortitude to this series.

    I just wanted to watch my favourite player go round one more time in the green and gold. I’m glad I went to ANZ to watch the Waratahs and Brumbies.

    King George, you will be missed.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 21st 2013 @ 6:35am
      Who Needs Melon said | May 21st 2013 @ 6:35am | ! Report

      I’m with you WB. Although there was very little outward expression, the look on George’s face as he left the field was gut wrenching. I really feel for the guy. My bet is that he’d heard he WAS in the squad and was really looking forward to it as his swan song. And now? No justice at all for the guy.

      • May 21st 2013 @ 6:44am
        Red Kev said | May 21st 2013 @ 6:44am | ! Report

        I disagree. While I do feel for George as Deans was clearly going to select him, him not playing the series is justice. He should never have been made eligible.

        • May 21st 2013 @ 11:21am
          Atawhai Drive said | May 21st 2013 @ 11:21am | ! Report

          I agree with you on one level, Red Kev. But Luke Burgess is supposedly in the frame as reserve halfback, and his eligibility is more of a stretch than Smith’s.

          The days of selecting only home-based players might well be numbered. Australia and New Zealand are the last two holdouts but you have to wonder how much longer that will be the case.

    • May 21st 2013 @ 7:01am
      Shop said | May 21st 2013 @ 7:01am | ! Report

      Nice one WB. He is definitely one of the greats and it would have been a fantastic way to send him out.

    • May 21st 2013 @ 12:30pm
      Worlds Biggest said | May 21st 2013 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

      Cheers Shop, you coming over for the Lions mate ?

      Burgess selection is ridiculous, at least Smith has been playing for the Brumbies and form warranted his selection.

    • May 21st 2013 @ 1:16pm
      bluerose (Rotuma Island). said | May 21st 2013 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

      i read on The Australian that Smith and McCabe still has a chance to play against the Lions, Smith will probably make it just in time for the 2nd or 3rd test

    • May 21st 2013 @ 3:56pm
      peterlala said | May 21st 2013 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

      Unfortunate injury for the great George Smith. Would have loved to have seen him against the Lions.

    • May 21st 2013 @ 4:05pm
      Worlds Biggest said | May 21st 2013 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

      Yeah I read the Canberra Times which mention the knee injury isn’t as serious as originally thought. Smith could be back in 4 weeks which means if Deans is smart he will keep a squad spot available for him and he can join the camp. That would be 2 weeks before the opening International. I’d still pick Smith on one leg against the Lions.

      • May 21st 2013 @ 4:20pm
        Red Kev said | May 21st 2013 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

        Nah, the smart thing is to leave him sitting in the stands watching the Lions. Better for Smith, better for Australian rugby.

        • May 21st 2013 @ 9:43pm
          ant said | May 21st 2013 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

          Yep agree. That way he can keep the brumbies on track to top the Aussie conference, while the reds watch their backs with the tahs momentum. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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