Hughes was educated at St Thomas' High School, Laukota, Fiji and was spotted by Kelston High School in NZ when they toured Fiji in 2008.
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. Hughes qualifies to play for England through the residency rule.
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.
In October 2016, Hughes became one of 6 uncapped players to get included into England's 33-man squad for the 2016 Wealth Series. Hughes was named in the England squad for the November International against South Africa, Hughes came off the bench to win his first international cap for England in the win. Hughes is qualified for England on residency rules.
With only one international start to his name, against Australia last autumn, Hughes will be the least experienced player in England’s pack when they get their RBS 6 Nations title defence underway. In the absence of Billy Vunipola, Hughes will be tasked with doing the bulk of England’s carrying.
(As of 01/02/2017)
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