Sunday 24 September 2017

Smith champing at bit to put on Reds jersey

Daragh Small

New Munster centre Andrew Smith says he can't wait to put on the red shirt next season when he moves to Ireland.

The Australian is leaving ACT Brumbies to link up with Anthony Foley's men for the new campaign.

Smith was part of the Brumbies team which defeated the Lions 14-12 in last year's tour of Australia, setting up the only try of the game.

Standing at six-foot-four and weighing 104kg, he looks to be a direct replacement for the departing James Downey and, in the year before a World Cup, the move appears a smart piece of business for Munster.

"I'm really looking forward to joining Munster and making the most of the opportunity," said the former Waratah Academy star.

At the Brumbies Smith worked under former Munster forwards coach Laurie Fisher and the coach was a huge factor in his move to the northern hemisphere.

"Laurie Fisher has always spoken highly about the team and culture," Smith said.

"It's definitely somewhere I want to go and make an impact, working closely with the boys and training hard.

"I've no doubt it will be a great experience and I can't wait to get stuck in," he said.

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