Ben Smith
New Zealand
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Full name Benjamin Robert Smith
Born June 1, 1986, Dunedin
Current age 29 years 33 days
Major teams Bay of Plenty, Highlanders, Otago, New Zealand
Position Fullback
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 187 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2009-2014 38 29 9 80 16 0 0 0 34 2 2 92.10
Bledisloe Cup 2012-2014 7 5 2 25 5 0 0 0 5 0 2 85.71
The Rugby Championship 2012-2014 15 12 3 50 10 0 0 0 13 1 1 90.00

Career statistics
Test debut Italy v New Zealand at Milan, Nov 14, 2009 match details
Last Test Wales v New Zealand at Millennium Stadium, Nov 22, 2014 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list
Profile

Ben Smith is currently one of the world's premier wingers but his future looks likely to be at outside centre for the All Blacks.

Smith has always been there or thereabouts when it came to the All Blacks reckoning but he had to wait until 2009 to earn his first full cap when he made his debut against Italy. But the Highlanders back, who can operate on the wing as well as fullback and centre, struggled to nail down a regular place in the All Blacks team and missed out on the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

However his strong form in the early stages of the 2012 Super Rugby season led to his recall, and he featured in all three test victories over Ireland. It was around this time the All Blacks coaching staff and various pundits started to talk about Smith as the incumbent to the Kiwis' outside centre berth. Conrad Smith has added fuel to these fires on numerous occasions when he spoke of his namesake's huge ability.

Come 2013, Smith was on fire for the Highlanders and scored six tries during the Super Rugby season. This form transferred on to the Test stage with Smith scoring two tries in the Kiwis' three Tests against France. Come the opening game of the Rugby Championship, Smith started on the wing against Australia in the first game and he marked the occasion with a hat-trick.

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Jun 20, 2015
The Highlanders' Ben Smith looks for an offload
The Highlanders' Ben Smith looks for an offload
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Jun 12, 2015
The Highlanders' Ben Smith looks to crack the defence
The Highlanders' Ben Smith looks to crack the defence
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Apr 11, 2015
The Highlaners' Ben Smith breaks a tackle
The Highlaners' Ben Smith breaks a tackle
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Nov 13, 2014
New Zealand's Ben Smith takes a high ball in training
New Zealand's Ben Smith takes a high ball in training
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