adidas All Blacks AIG Logo

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.

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.

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

Utility Back
1.86m, 93kg
Test Debut:
v Italy in Milan 15 Nov 2009
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

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

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

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 (+)

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

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

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

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22