Colin Smart

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Colin Smart
Personal information
Full name Colin Edward Smart
Date of birth (1950-03-05) 5 March 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth London, England
Occupation Teacher
School The Skinners' School
University Cardiff College of Education
Youth clubs
Years Club
Tunbridge Wells
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)

Tunbridge Wells

306 (60)
Representative teams

Wales Students
England U-23s

* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Colin Edward Smart (born 5 March 1950) is a former international rugby union player, who played as a prop, from Highbury, London, England.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Smart was educated at The Skinners' School in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. From there he attended Cardiff College of Education and became a teacher at Hartridge High School in Newport.[2] He is married.[3]


Smart started his career playing rugby for Tunbridge Wells RFC.[2][4] He then moved to Newport RFC in 1973. In 1977 he captained Newport to victory in the Welsh Cup.[2]

International career[edit]

Smart was initially offered a chance to play for Wales against New Zealand in 1974 as he had previously played for Wales Students, however he rejected the invitation.[5] He also played for England's Under-23 side. In 1979, Smart was called up to the full England team, making his debut at Twickenham Stadium against France. He then went on to appear 17 times for England, making his last appearance for England at Lansdowne Road against Ireland in 1983.[1]

"The Aftershave Incident"[edit]

Smart is remembered for the infamous "Aftershave Incident" in 1982. While in Paris, after beating France in the Five Nations, England teammate Maurice Colclough emptied a bottle of free aftershave from the after-match meal, filled it with wine, and drank from it. Thinking that Colclough had drunk the aftershave and not wanting to appear upstaged by his teammate, Smart drank his bottle of aftershave.[6] This made him very ill. After England medical officer Leo Walkden failed to get a response from Smart,[7] he was required to go to hospital to have his stomach pumped.[6] The incident was alluded to a month later, after England had beaten Wales, by Steve Smith who quipped: "The aftershave will sure taste good tonight!"[8]

In 2006 when Walkden died, Smart returned from his holiday early in order to attend Walkden's funeral. He said about the incident: "Leo probably saved my life that night."[7]


  1. ^ a b "Colin Smart". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Colin Smart". Newport RFC. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Rugby hi-jinks floors prop Smart". Cardiff: Western Mail (archived at The Free Library). 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  4. ^ "QUIZ ANSWERS FROM 1 TO 100". This is Kent. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  5. ^ "English players in Wales, Hugo Porta's final bow and inexperienced England squads". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Blood, mud and aftershave". Guardian. 2006-02-05. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Farewell to a relic of a bygone age". Daily Mail. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  8. ^ Jenkins, Graham (2009-12-22). "ESPNscrum's Festive Countdown - December 22". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-01.