George Smith to remain with Bristol Bears until end of season

George Smith also played for Wasps in 2015 and 2016
George Smith also played for Wasps in 2015 and 2016

Bristol Rugby have confirmed that former Australia flanker George Smith has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Gallagher Premiership club until the end of the season.

Smith, who has played for Toulon, Suntory Sungoliath, Stade Francais, Lyon, Wasps, Brumbies and Reds in the past initially joined the Ashton Gate outfit at the start of the season on a six-month deal.

The 38-year-old featured in all the league games for Bristol Bears and helped them to two Gallagher Premiership wins from six games.

"George has been a superb addition to the squad, as we were confident he would be," said head coach Pat Lam.

"Not only for his performances in the Premiership, where he has been one of our leaders on the pitch, but also for the way he has carried himself off the field."

Smith had featured in 111 games for Australia between 2000 and 2013 and holds the record for the youngest player to have played 100 Tests.

Bristol kick-started their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign with a 43-22 win over Zebre and will face them again on round two on 20th October in Parma.

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