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.
Able to cover a range of backline positions, the versatile Smith has carried a heavy workload for the All Blacks in 2014, 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.
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