Ben Smith (rugby league)

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Ben Smith
Ben Smith Eels 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Benjamin William Smith
Born (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 32)
Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb; 223 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Centre, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–14 Parramatta Eels 152 37 0 0 148
Source: RLP

Benjamin William Smith (born 16 October 1984[1]) is a retired Australian rugby league footballer who played for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Quirindi, New South Wales, playing for his junior club, the Werris Creek Magpies.

Rugby league career[edit]

Smith made his first grade debut in Round 20 of the 2004 NRL season for Parramatta against Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park in Melbourne.[1]

He 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.

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.[2] 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 the Eels until the end of the 2014 season. In June 2013, Smith was one of 12 Parramatta players that were told that their futures at the club were uncertain by coach, Ricky Stuart. Smith retired at the end of the 2014 season, finishing his career a one club player with 152 games for the Eels.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ben Smith". Parramatta Eels. The Daily Telegraph. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  2. ^ MacDonald, John (6 August 2008). "Ben Smith's comeback put on hold". Parramatta Sun. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
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