Aaron Smith rugby player
Aaron Smith rugby player

Aaron Smith

21st Nov 1988 1.71m/82kg Scrum Half

Born in Fielding in Manawatu, Aaron Smith began training as a hairdresser before his days as an electric scrum half. Making his name in the ITM cup winning Manawatu side in 2011, Smith has since enjoyed two explosive seasons with the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

Notable for his snappy delivery and constant threat breaking from the ruck, Smith has quickly risen to be one of New Zealand's premier scrum halfs.

After turning out consistent performances for the Highlanders in 2011, Smith was named in the squad to face Ireland in three tests in 2012, making his debut in Auckland in June of that year, having previously played a number of games for the New Zealand Maori side.

In 2014 he won the Tom French Memorial Trophy for Maori Player of the Year after a great season for both the Highlanders & All Blacks.

2015 saw things take a step forward as he helped the Highlanders win the Super Rugby title and the All Blacks to another RWC win.

Having become one the finest halfbacks in world rugby, Smith took his Super Rugby cap tally to 119 scoring 21 tries by the end of the 2018 season and enters the 2018 Rugby Championship with 74 test caps.

Ahead of the 2018 November International, Smith has obtained 79 test caps.

JW Sept 18
ML 19/10/18

Career

manawatu-logo Manawatu
Scrum Half
2008 - present
highlanders Highlanders
Scrum Half
2011 - present
photo New Zealand
Scrum Half
2012 - present
Feilding High School logo Feilding High School
Scrum Half
2002 - 2006