Conrad Smith

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Conrad Smith
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Full name Conrad Gerard Smith
Date of birth (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School Francis Douglas Memorial College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
New Zealand No. 1044
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Old Boys University Rugby Football Club [1]
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2015– Pau 13 (5)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–15 Wellington 43 (60)12t
correct as of 7 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–15 Hurricanes 126 (120)24t
correct as of 5 July 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–15 New Zealand 94 (130)26t
correct as of 31 October 2015.

Conrad Gerard Smith MNZM (born 12 October 1981 in Hawera, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captained the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and played for New Zealand internationally. He was a key member of 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup winning teams, becoming one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners.

Early life[edit]

Smith played in many Taranaki age group teams. He attended Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth,[2] after which he moved to Wellington where he completed an LLB(Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington,[3] residing at Weir House.[4] Smith has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.[5] As well as rugby, Smith was also an age-grade cricketer for Taranaki.

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.

Smith made his debut for Section Paloise on the 19th of December against Newport Gwent Dragons

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 2006, Smith won a pplace on the end of year tour to Europe, despite breaking his leg for the Hurricanes earlier that year. 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.[6]

In 2015, Smith was named in 2015 Rugby World Cup team for the second time, which the All Blacks later on won. Smith played a crucial role throughout the tournament, starting in six out of six matches.


Smith married Leanne Snowdon in October 2013.[7] Smith missed a test match in Sydney for the birth of their first child, a boy, in August 2014.[8]


Personal Accolades[edit]

  • Steinlager Investec Super Rugby Player of the Year
  • Wellington Sportsperson of the Year
  • The Dominion Post Personality of the Year
  • Record Midfield Partnerships (along with Ma'a Nonu)
  • Kel Tremain Memorial Player of the Year (Nomination)
  • Air New Zealand NPC Division One Player of the Year (Nomination)


  • Hurricanes Captain
  • Super Rugby Centurion
  • Most Capped Hurricanes Player (along with Ma'a Nonu)
  • Conference Winner 2015

New Zealand[edit]

  • Tri Nations/The Rugby Championship Champion 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • British and Irish Lions Series Victory, 2005[51]
  • Home Nations Grand Slam Tour, 2005,[52] 2008[53] and 2010[54]
  • Rugby World Cup Winner 2011, 2015


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