Ben Smith

Player Details

Position Outside back
Born 1/06/1986
Height 1.86m
club Green Island
Weight 93kg
Province Otago
Provincial Caps 43
Provincial Points 55 (11t)
Provincial Debut 2007 v Wellington
Super Rugby Caps 120
Super Rugby Points 158 (31t, 1dg)
Super Rugby Debut 2009 v Brumbies
Test Caps 39
test points 85 (17t)
Test Debut 2009 v Italy


Ben Smith is the epitome of a Highlander man; resilient, unassuming and hard-working. Alongside Nasi Manu, Smith led the 2015 Highlanders to claim their first Super Rugby Championship and led by example on the field with stand-out performances throughout the season. Smith's exceptional Super Rugby form saw re-selected for the All Blacks world cup squad where he solidified his position as the first choice full back and performed well - especially under the high ball. Smith reached the impressive milestone of 100 Super Rugby games in 2015 becoming the 37th player to achieve this and only the fourth player to play all 100 games for the Highalnders. Smith also ended the international sesaon only one cap shy of a half-century for the All Blacks. Smith will stand alongside Shane Christie as co-captain as they set their sights on leading the Highlanders to another successful season.

What is your first Rugby memory?  Frosty mornings at Miller park playing for Green Island
Best rugby moment to date? With the Highlanders it would have to been one of two, winning against the Sharks in Durban at Shark Park last year or when we beat the Bulls in Pretoria a fews years ago when they hadn't been beaten at home for a long time. 
Who is your favourite rugby player? Growing up it was Jeff Wilson 
Favourite singer/band? Six60 - great Dunedin band! 
Favourite food? Home cooked lamb roast
If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing? I'd hopefully have finished my PE degree at University of Otago and be using it! 
Do you have a favourite movie? Shawshank Redemption 
What does representing the Highlanders mean to you?  It's a chance to earn the respect of the other players in the team and to represent family, friends and all the people who support us from near and far. 
Twitter: @bensmithotago
Instagram: bensmith1100