The popular Dunedin man Ben Smith burst on to the scene in 2009 playing for Otago in the ITM cup, follwing a succesful under age career at all levels. The pacey Smith may not be as big as some of the wingers nowadays, but his blistering pace and eye for a gap mark him out as a real attacking threat. Incredibly versatile too, Smith can play anywhere across the back three. Smith made his All Blacks debut in 2009 against Italy in Milan, but failed to make the world cup squad in 2011.
After starring for the Sevens side as well as his club the Highlanders, Smith was called back into the New Zealand squad in 2012. With 17 All Black tries before the start of the 2015 International season, the slippery Super Rugby Champion remains part of the NZ set up with a Rugby Championship and RWC wider squad call up from Steve Hansen.
May 2016 saw Smith being confirmed to be the new All Blacks vice captain for the 2016 season before re-signing for New Zealand Rugby in February 2017 on a 3-year deal.
Smith will be leading the Highlanders into the 2017 Super Rugby season, as he was once again named as the Highlanders co-captain. He has made 120 appearances in Super Rugby for the Highlanders and has scored 31 tries since his debut in 2009 vs the Brumbies.
In July 2017, Smith’s agent has confirmed the All Blacks full-back will take a four-month sabbatical after the second Bledisloe Cup Test.
Ben Smith heads into the 2018 Super Rugby season as the Highlanders co-captain and will look to added to his impressive CV that includes 129 Super Rugby matches (33 tries), 62 Test caps (29), a Rugby World Cup title and a Super Rugby title.
The man known as the Accountant finished the season with 144 Super Rugby caps scoring 36 tries.
Following the 2018 November International, Smith has obtained 76 test caps.
In December, he confirmed his departure from New Zealand Rugby after signing a contract with French club Pau.
(LS December 12, 2018)
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