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Ben Smith

Ben Smith is a popular figure in Dunedin but the affable winger’s pace and power don’t hold the same appeal for his opponents, whom he routinely manages to get past with deceptive footwork and a canny ability to spot the gaps in a defensive line.

Spectacular speed, sound defence and reliability under the high ball has made 2016 All Blacks Vice Captain Ben Smith a great choice at wing, fullback or centre - and it's that versatility that makes him a regular selection in the All Blacks starting XV.

He played in 10 Tests in 2015 and was one of a small number of All Blacks to play in all seven matches during RWC 2015, starting six at fullback.

In 2013, Smith stepped things up a gear and had an outstanding season, appearing in every Test as the All Blacks became the first international side in the professional era to go through the season unbeaten. His performances at wing and centre saw him nominated for five national and international awards, including international Player of the Year. Come 2014 and Smith was an automatic selection in the All Blacks, appearing at both right wing and fullback and carrying a heavy workload with his nine Tests and three tries backing up an exciting 2013 in which he scored 11 tries.

Smith is also a gold-medal winner with the New Zealand Sevens team at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.


Player
Position:
Utility Back
Born:
01/06/1986
Physical:
1.86m, 93kg
Test Debut:
v Italy in Milan 15 Nov 2009
Test Points Breakdown:
27t
Test Points:
135
Caps:
60
Provincial Team:
Otago
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders

Career Comments

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2009
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25

2011
22 Jul v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (+)

2012
9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (+)
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19 (+)
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (+)
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (+)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (+)
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (+)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (+)

2013
8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16 (-)
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33 (-)
2 Nov v Japan at Tokyo 54-6 (-)
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9
13 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27
8 Nov v England at London 24-21
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16

2015
25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (-)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13
20 Sep vs Argentina at London 26-16
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14 (+)
2 Oct vs Georgia at Cardiff 43-10
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9
17 Oct vs France at Cardiff 62-13
24 Oct vs South Africa at London 20-18
31 Oct vs Australia at London 34-17

2016 
11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (-)