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Blow for Blitzboks as Smith is set to stay at Lions

Tough-as-nails Blitzboks player Kwagga Smith is set to miss next month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Reports indicate that he took the decision to miss the Gold Coast Games after Lions teammate Jaco Kriel’s injury and the resultant opportunity to chase his Springbok fifteens goal.

Kriel has had to undergo a second shoulder injury, sidelining him for the rest of the Super Rugby season.

According to SuperSport’s Brenden Nel, Smith said: ‘We all sat around a table and spoke about it. We said that if Jaco is ready to play then it makes sense, and I can go. But it doesn’t help I go there and I get an injury and then we are sitting here with a problem at the Lions,’ Smith said.

‘So I said to coach Neil [Powell] where my goals are, and what will happen if something like that happens. It’s unlucky that Jaco had to get an operation again, so I think it is not going to happen that I will be released to play in the Commonwealth Games.

‘Personally, it doesn’t help I want to become a Springbok but I already missed one game against the Bulls and then I don’t become a Springbok,’ he added.

Smith is expected to line up against the Sunwolves at Emirates Airline Park in Super Rugby action this weekend.

At the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago, the Blitzbok sevens side won gold and went on to win bronze at the Rio Olympics two years ago.

An already depleted Blitzbok side ended third in the Vancouver Sevens leg of the HSBC World Series in Canada at the weekend.

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