Ben Smith rugby player
Ben Smith rugby player

Ben Smith

1st Jun 1986 1.90m/85kg Fullback

Selecting a RWC 2019 XV with just one player from a country

5 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

With the Rugby World Cup is just days away and we can look forward to seeing some of the greatest talents from around the world come together and compete.      Here's a combined...

Test Team of the Week

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

With the Rugby World Cup warm-ups done and dusted and the Rugby World Cup a mere few days away, we take a look back the past weekend and selected our team of the Week.     1. Ellis Genge -...

All Blacks fall short of century in pre-World Cup annihilation

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks fell just short of 100 points in a merciless display in Hamilton, where New Zealand scored 14 tries on Saturday.     New Zealand's final Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal was...

Beauden Barrett to fly-half for the All Blacks final hit-out before World Cup

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks team has been named to play Tonga on Saturday September 7th at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.   In the forwards, Codie Taylor starts at hooker, with Liam Coltman providing cover...

Franks & Squire left out of All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand opted to leave 108-time international Owen Franks out of their Rugby World Cup squad, along with experienced blindside flanker Liam Squire who had made himself available for the squad as a...

A statistical look at the Bledisloe Cup decider

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand host Australia at fortress Eden Park looking for a first win in three Tests to retain the Bledisloe Cup.     Australia will be out to prove their thrashing of New Zealand last...

*99 not out - Steve Hansen's record as All Black head coach by the numbers

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

All Blacks' head coach Steve Hansen will take charge of his 100th test match as New Zealand's head coach this weekend in the second Bledisloe Cup of the year.   Hansen took over from former head...

All Blacks name team for the deciding Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks team has been named to play Australia in the Bledisloe Cup Challenge Test at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 17 August.     In changes from the All Blacks 23 which played the...

Bledisloe Cup Ratings: Australia v New Zealand

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Following a stunning victory for the Wallabies over the All Blacks, we rank both starting XV's out of a possible 10.     Wallabies   1. Scott Sio - 7   Solid in the scrums...

The All Blacks start two openside flankers for Bledisloe Cup opener

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

In changes from the All Blacks last outing against South Africa, Dane Coles comes in at starting hooker, with Codie Taylor in the run-on reserves. Scott Barrett returns from injury at lock for the injured...