Craig Smith (rugby league, born 1973)
26 February 1973 |
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (15 st 2 lb)|
|Source: Craig Smith at the Rugby League Project|
The Melbourne Storm leading point-scorer in the club’s debut year (110 points) had to sit on the sidelines for much of 1999 due to the good form of Matt Geyer. Smith trained in Melbourne but flew back to Brisbane on weekends to play with the Storms’ feeder club, Brisbane Norths, in the Queensland Cup competition.
Smith was re-instated on the wing before the 1999 semi-final series when coach Chris Anderson dropped his son Ben and moved Geyer to five-eighth. Anderson also made Smith the primary goal-kicker. Smith’s boot proved the difference in three sudden-death victories, culminating in his three goals and penalty try from the wing in the 1999 NRL grand final.
Smith rejected Melbourne’s offer for the 2000 NRL season and retired.
- Statistics are correct to the end of career 
|†||Denotes seasons in which Smith won an NRL Premiership|
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- Whiticker, Alan; Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 609. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
- Craig Smith's player profile at Rugby League Tables
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