Conrad Smith

The senior statesman of the All Blacks midfield, Conrad Smith can call on both skills and smarts to achieve success. His sund rugby brain, firm defence and ability to run great lines and spark his backline colleagues means that he leads by example in any side for which he plays. As a centre Smith stands out with his pace, anticipation, ability to read a game and in marshalling a defensive pattern.

His inspirational captaincy of the Hurricanes in 2014 was an integral part of the team’s renaissance, along with his robust defence and ability to put his teammates into space.

Impressive in 2011 – he featured in 10 Tests last year including six RWC 2011 matches – he has taken big strides for the Hurricanes in 2012 Investec Super Rugby as both a player and the captain.

His uncle and great-uncle were both All Blacks and this Smith was an age-grade cricketer as well for Taranaki. Away from rugby, he is a lawyer and a popular, if unorthodox, newsreader for Small Blacks TV.

He broke his leg in the second match of the Hurricanes' 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 campaign but fought back hard, eventually winning a place on the All Blacks end of year tour to Europe.

He entered the Test arena in 2004 as a slightly built centre with the determination to have a big impact in the midfield. Eschewing the modern hit-it-up style, Smith demonstrates an ability to exploit the gap, an elusive burst of speed and a canny passing game.

Known to teammates as ‘Snake’ for his ability to slide through defences, Smith has vision and the skill to set up his outside flyers when his own attacking options become limited.

He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Law with Honours, but has put any legal career on hold to concentrate on his bright rugby future. His uncle Alan Smith played three Tests for the All Blacks between 1967–1970.

Smith has represented no other first-class national team but was a member of New Zealand Universities in 2004.

In 2007 Smith suffered injury setbacks, but in 2008 continued his rise through the All Blacks ranks with a series of strong performances for the Hurricanes.

He would play 12 tests that year, and in 2009 continued his sparkling relationship with fellow Hurricanes Ma'a Nonu starting in nine tests.

In 2010 Smith continued to cement himself as the All Blacks first choice centre, a welcome situation for test selectors who had struggled to find a replacement for former captain Tana Umaga after he retired.

1.86m, 95kg
Test Debut:
13/11/04 v Italy at Rome
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Provincial Debut:
2003 v Bay of Plenty
Provincial Caps:
Provincial Points:
55 (11t)
Super Rugby Team:
Super Rugby Debut:
2004 v Cats
Super Rugby Caps:

Career Comments

  • • Scored a try with his first touch of the ball in his first Test match against Italy. His second Test match was the All Blacks demolition of France in Paris.
    • Made just one appearance off the bench in his first season of Rebel Sport Super 12 in 2004.
    • His great uncle Jack Walter was a seven-match All Black in 1925.
    • Played age-group cricket for Central Districts in 1994–1995 and for Taranaki between 1993–1999.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (-)
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6 (-)

Nov 27 v Fiji at Albany 91-0 (+)
Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3
Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (-)

Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10

14 June v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 (+)
15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13
23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0 (-)
30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8 (+)

7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34 (+)
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10 (-)
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (-)
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (-)

20 June v France at Wellington 14-10 (-)
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28 (-)
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18 (-)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25

22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14
29 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7 (-)
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (-)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (-)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10
2 Dec v England at London 21-38

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

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9
23 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 (-)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16

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 (-)