James Mortimer 16.Oct.2012Getty Images
The diminutive Highlanders halfback has added a new dimension to the All Blacks game, with his bullet like passing and almost magnetic connection to the back of the ruck allowing the number one ranked rugby side to play a fast paced game that so far no team has been able to match.
Piri Weepu was the frontline number nine just over a year ago, but now the senior Blues halfback is essentially the backup to Smith, who has locked down his berth in impressive fashion this season.
“If you had said to me a year ago that things would have panned out the way they have I would have never believed you," Smith said.
Even being part of All Blacks public events seems surreal to Smith, who sometimes feels like he is part of the fan base as opposed to a player that people turn up to see.
"Sometimes I still feel like I am just another guy in the crowd,” he said.
“But I'm slowly getting used to it all."
Smith also said that the All Blacks were wary of the Wallabies considering they were a team under pressure, saying that a loss in Brisbane would undo some of the fine work the World Champions had put together so far in 2012.
"Australia are the sort of team you can never really take lightly, and the way things are for them at the moment probably makes them even more dangerous,” he said.
“We have done all the hard work to remain unbeaten so it would be a shame to lose that at the final hurdle.