His 126 appearances for the Hurricanes make him one of the most-capped players in the franchise’s history, alongside his midfield partner Ma’a Nonu, who racked up the same number of games. Smith’s record of 94 tests make him one of the All Blacks’ most-capped backs.
Smith, who was known for his ability to slide through defences, played the last of his 94 tests in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, in which he joined a select group of players to have lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy twice.
After his retirement from international rugby, Smith joined French club Pau, playing two seasons in the French Top 14 before joining the club’s coaching staff in 2018 as a defensive specialist.
A qualified lawyer, Smith is a strong advocate for player welfare having worked with the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association, and more recently, the International Rugby Players’ Association.
(2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
(March 2014 vs Cheetahs)