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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.

Able to cover a range of backline positions, the versatile Smith has carried a heavy workload for the All Blacks in 2014, his nine Tests and three tries backing up an exciting 2013 in which he scored 11 tries.

A gold-medal winner in 2010 at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with New Zealand Sevens, Smith will be hungry to add to his Tests in 2009 and 2011, the latter of which was played at his old hunting ground, Carisbrook.

Smith was loaned to Southland for the Air New Zealand NPC in 2005 and an outstanding season led to his call-up for the Highlanders. He can play on the wing or at centre and is a nephew of the 1983-84 All Black wing Bruce Smith.

2007 is the first year Ben Smith has been selected to represent his country, with his inclusion the New Zealand Under 21 squad.

Player
Position:
Utility Back
Born:
01/06/1986
Physical:
1.86m, 93kg
Test Debut:
v Italy in Milan 15 Nov 2009
Test Points Breakdown:
16t
Test Points:
80
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