Nathan Hughes rugby player
Nathan Hughes rugby player

Nathan Hughes

10th Jun 1991 1.96m/115kg Blindside Flanker

Hughes, joined the London Wasps for the 2014 season from Auckland. A young Fijian who hugely impressed playing for Auckland in their most recent ITM Cup campaign, playing a key role in helping his side reach the final.

While featuring mainly at number 8 for Auckland, Hughes can also play on the blind side and at lock. Hughes started playing rugby at St Thomas High School in Lautoka, Fiji in 2008. Coming from a hockey background, Hughes credits the thrill and physical intensity of the game of rugby which lured him into giving it a try.

In March 2013, Smith signed with Premiership side Wasps and he was controversially red carded (a career first) during the 2014/2015 season in the game against Northampton Saints after a shin collided with the head of George North after he scored a try, knocking him out. Smith was suspended for three weeks after the incident, but after an appeal was lodged he was cleared.

January 2016 saw Smith re-sign with Wasps and in May of the same year he was one of five nominees for the RPA Player of the Year.

May 2016


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