Conrad Smith

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This article is about the rugby union footballer. For the association football player, see Conrad Smith (association football).
Conrad Smith
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Full name Conrad Gerard Smith
Date of birth (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
New Zealand No. 1044
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003– Wellington 43 (60)12t
correct as of 7 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004– Hurricanes 110 (105)21t
correct as of 2 June 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004– New Zealand 77 (125)25t
correct as of 14 June 2014.

Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981 in Hawera, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a midfield back and plays predominantly at Centre. Smith's elusive running, die-hard tackling, deceptive turn of pace, as well as his guile and accuracy in his distribution, make him one of the best international centres and very capable of linking the inside backs and the back three (11, 14, 15). He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he won the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Smith played in many Taranaki age group teams. Smith attended Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, after which he moved to Wellington where he completed an LLB(Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was a resident of Weir House. Smith has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Domestic career[edit]

Smith plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and also for Wellington in the ITM Cup. He made his Wellington debut in 2003, and was signed by the Hurricanes in 2004. Smith's Hurricanes career has been plagued by injury, and having been injured in 2006, 2007 and 2011, he made just 66 appearances in his first eight seasons with the side. He is the current Hurricanes captain, having led the side for the first time in 2007 in place of the injured Rodney So'oialo.

International career[edit]

He made his All Blacks debut age 22, versus Italy in 2004, after a meteoric rise which saw him make his professional debut just a season earlier. In 2007, Smith faced a number of setbacks, mostly involving injury. However, he eventually earned his way back into a starting position, and by 2008, was the first choice centre for the All Blacks.

Smith was a member of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning squad playing in the final against France at Eden Park in Auckland on 23 October 2011.

Against the Argentina on 28 September 2013, Smith and inside centre Ma'a Nonu achieved a record fifty international games together.[citation needed]

Smith took a six month break from rugby during the 2013 end-of-year tour, meaning he did not travel with the All Blacks squad to Japan and Europe.[1]

Personal[edit]

Smith married Leanne Snowdon in October 2013.[2]

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