Super Rugby
Force snap up Smith
ESPNscrum Staff
November 12, 2010
Taranaki's David Smith stretches the Southland defence, Taranaki v Southland, ITM Cup, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand, October 2, 2010
David Smith joins the Force after a season with Taranaki © Getty Images

The Western Force have continued their recruitment drive for next year's Super Rugby campaign with the signing of Hurricanes wing David Smith.

The 24-year-old New Zealand Sevens international will arrive in Perth at the end of November following the conclusion of Taranaki's ITM Cup season and is looking forward to getting settled in alongside former 'Canes team-mate Willie Ripia.

"It's nice to come over and have at least a few boys that I already know," Smith said. "I'm also looking forward to playing alongside some the boys I've only ever had the chance to play against. Guys like James O'Connor, I played against him and I've also watched him play in other games and just think he is such a good athletic young kid coming through."

Force coach Richard Graham was pleased to tie up the deal so soon after the injury-enforced retirement of former Wallaby Scott Staniforth.

"David is a player that has the capability to be a genuine star in the modern day game and his attacking capabilities will be hugely beneficial for us," Graham said. "He has a very good work ethic and is a committed team man. No doubt his speed and genuine ability to beat people will have our sea of blue on the edge of their seats and wanting to see more.

"We've been able to react quickly to Scott's retirement and believe that we have found a replacement that possesses similar attributes in terms of his tenacity and determination to get to the try line."

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