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Ben Smith

Spectacular speed, sound defence and reliability under the high ball has made Ben Smith one of the All Blacks’ go-to guys.
 
Smith has had a stunning run of form since cementing his spot in the All Blacks side in 2012, after initially making his Test debut in 2009. He played in ten Tests that year, then stepped things up a gear in 2013 in 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. He again starred for the RWC-winning team in 2015.
 
In late 2017 he took a four-month break from the game before rejoining the Highlanders for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby season.
 
Smith was a New Zealand Under 21 squad member in 2007 alongside current All Black teammate Owen Franks. He won a Commonwealth Games gold medal with the All Blacks Sevens team in Delhi in 2010.
 
Smith spent a ‘gap year’ in Bristol, England, where he played for the Old Colstonians club, who supported him during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Player
Position:
Utility Back
Born:
01/06/1986
Physical:
1.86m, 94kg
Test Debut:
v Italy in Milan 15 Nov 2009
Test Points Breakdown:
33t
Test Points:
165
Caps:
79
Provincial Team:
Otago
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders

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
8 Nov v England at London 24-21
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16

2015
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

2016 
11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (-)

2017
16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0
23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15 (-)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29

2018
9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (-) 
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30
27 Oct v Australia at Yokohama 37-20
10 Nov v England at Twickenham 16 - 15
17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 9 - 16

2019
21 July v Argentina at Buenos Aires 20-16
27 Jul v South Africa 16-16
10 Aug v Australia at Perth 26-47 (-)