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Super Rugby: Veteran George Smith bows out having "loved every moment"
George Smith epitomises what Brumbies rugby is all about.
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Australian veteran George Smith bid a fond farewell to Super Rugby, for a second time on Saturday, not in the ideal manner but without regrets.
The flanker left the Waikato Stadium saying "I've had a great time" after the Brumbies faded in the closing quarter of the Super Rugby final as the Chiefs triumphed 27-22 to claim a second title in as many years.
The 33-year-old forward was a member of the Brumbies side which won the 2001 and 2004 Super Rugby crowns before he made moves to France and Japan, where he expected to end his career.
However, a season-ending injury to Ita Vaea left Brumbies boss Jake White in dire straits which meant Smith was soon back in Canberra and has enjoyed a sensational season which saw him recalled to the Wallabies squad for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions.
"It's been amazing. I've absolutely loved every moment playing with the Brumbies and the one-off chance to play with the Wallabies," the 111-cap veteran said.
"I've always regarded the Brumbies as family. I felt at home when I did arrive back and I'm very grateful for the Brumbies fans and the Brumbies organisation for welcoming me. I've had a great time."
Victory in the Super Rugby final would have been the perfect way to end Smith's career, which White believes characterises the ethos of the Brumbies.
"He's phenomenal. It wasn't the way we wanted to say goodbye to him, we wanted to give him the trophy," he said.
"He epitomises what Brumbies rugby is all about. He wants to be a Brumbie. He's played for the Brumbies.
"He came back and wanted to add value and we are obviously very grateful for the contributions he has made."
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|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
|Friday 13th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Blues|
|11:00||Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 14th March|
|03:30||Crusaders vs Lions|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Waratahs|
|08:40||Reds vs Brumbies|
|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|Friday 20th March|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Bulls vs Western Force|
|17:10||Sharks vs Chiefs|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|05:05||Waratahs vs Brumbies|
|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
|Highlanders 20 - 13 Reds|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
|Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders|
|Friday 20th February|
|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
|Melbourne Rebels 28 - 38 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 19 - 17 Brumbies|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Waratahs 13 - 25 Western Force|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Bulls 17 - 29 Stormers|
|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
|Friday 13th February|
|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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