Smith staying in Australia
George Smith has committed himself to Australian rugby beyond the 2011 World Cup.
Last Updated: 08/05/09 9:22am
Wallabies flanker George Smith has committed himself to Australian rugby beyond the 2011 World Cup by re-signing with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the ACT Brumbies for a further two years.
The 28-year-old said the lure of playing at the next Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was a powerful driving force behind his decision to stay and play in Australia.
"The opportunity to play at another World Cup was a huge motivation," said Smith, who played in the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.
"It's always a privilege to be in the Wallabies jersey and my goal is to be in it as long as I can.
"It also comes down to coaching, lifestyle, family and the opportunity for financial security.
"I was never looking at this as being a straight financial decision."
Smith, who made his Test debut against France in Paris in 2000, has played 96 internationals and is rated as one of the best flankers in world rugby.