Wallabies recall Smith for Lions showdown
Experienced flanker George Smith has been recalled to the Wallabies
for the deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday,
four years after his last international appearance.
The 32-year-old Smith is the sole survivor of Australia’s last series
against the Lions 12 years ago and comes in for Michael Hooper as the
Wallabies seek to retain the Tom Richards Trophy. Smith, who last played
for Australia in the 33-12 win over Wales in Cardiff in 2009, is the
only change to the starting team which levelled the three-match series
with a 16-15 win over the Lions in Melbourne last weekend.
With 110 appearances, the forward is Australia’s third-most capped
player behind his former Brumbies and Wallabies captain George Gregan,
who clocked up 139 Tests, and Nathan Sharpe with 116 caps.