Ben Smith (rugby league)
|Full name||Benjamin William Smith|
16 October 1984 |
Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (223 lb; 15 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Centre, Lock|
Rugby league career
2004: First grade debut
2005-2007: Consistent form in first grade
The man from Caroona established himself in the NRL in 2005, when he had a boom rookie season alongside club namesake, Tim Smith. The monster centre of 102 kg, easily big enough to play in the forwards, damaged opposition teams out wide with his size and strength, scoring 14 tries in an outstanding rookie year. The 2006 season loomed as a learning curve season for Smith as after initially showing all the promise he had from the previous season, he sustained a serious leg injury against the North Queensland Cowboys in round 4, and was sidelined for half the NRL season. He only managed 14 games for three tries, however, it provided the platform for him to return to his best in 2007.
2008-2009: Injury plague and move to forward pack
Plagued by injuries, Smith's young career has been shortened by extended periods when he was not fit to play. Throughout the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he was in and out of the Parramatta backline. In the 2009 NRL season, Smith began playing in the forward pack. The decision by Eels coach Daniel Anderson was not surprising, given Smith's 16 stone physique.
On 13 May 2012, Smith re-signed with Parramatta for 2 more seasons.