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Player Details

Position Wing/Fullback
Born 01/06/1986 in Dunedin
Height 1.86m
club Green Island
Weight 85kg
Province Otago
Provincial Caps 43
Provincial Points 55 (11t)
Provincial Debut 2007 v Wellington
Super Rugby Caps 105
Super Rugby Points 133 (26t, 1dg)
Super Rugby Debut 2009 v Brumbies
Test Caps 39
test points 85 (17t)
Test Debut 2009 v Italy


Out of the last 33 games the Highlanders have played since the start of the 2013 season, Ben Smith has missed only one (against the Waratahs in 2014 due to injury). Smith’s exceptional form in 2013 saw him nominated for five national and international awards, including the IRB Player of the Year, and he continued that form in 2014 leading to his re-selection in the All Blacks. Smith will stand alongside Nasi Manu as Highlanders co-captain for the second season in 2015 as they both hope to lead the team through 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