One of the premier halfbacks of the modern game, Aaron Smith ignites backlines with his bullet-like pass, which is widely regarded as one of the best in world rugby, while reinforcing defensive lines with a crunching tackle.
Smith quickly established himself as the All Blacks’ first-choice halfback amidst fierce competition, playing 13 Tests in his debut season in 2012. He missed just one Test match in 2017 and last year became the most capped All Blacks halfback of all time at 82 Tests.
An Investec Super Rugby champion with the Highlanders in 2015, in 2014 Smith was recognised with the Tom French Memorial Trophy for the Maori Player of the Year for his performances with both the All Blacks and the Highlanders.
In 2008, Smith was part of the New Zealand Under 20 side which claimed the Junior World Championship in Wales and in 2010, the Ngati Kahungunu-affiliated Smith made his Maori All Blacks debut.
Smith has scored 16 tries for the All Blacks, including an important five pointer against South Africa in the Pretoria thriller last year.
v Ireland at Auckland, 9 June 2012
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Manawatu Academy (2007)
Manawatu Under 20 (2007)
Fielding Agricultural High School First XV (2003 –2006)
Manawatu Under 18 (2004 – 2006)
Hurricanes Schools (2005, 2006)
Hobbies: Golf, cricket, gaming, movies, basketball, soccer, touch
Favourite rugby ground: Johnston Park, Feilding
Favourite food: Honey mustard chicken with rice
Favourite actor/actress: Colin Farrell
Favourite movie: 300, Beowulf, Troy
Favourite book: Golf Rules
Favourite music: Opshop, 50 Cent, Kanye West, T-Pain, Chris Brown
Favourite non-rugby sports team: Barcelona FC
Favourite holiday destination: Marlborough Sounds
Who would you like to meet? Bobby Jones (Golfer)
Earliest rugby memories: Frost at rugby Mighty Midgets
I hate it when… It’s windy
I can’t live without… Music, my ipod and my phone
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be… A golfer