Garry Smith (rugby league)

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For the Australian rugby league footballer of the 1980s, and 1990s for Queensland, Cumbria, North Sydney Bears, York, Keighley, Workington, Sheffield Eagles, and Batley, see Gary Smith (rugby league).
Garry Smith
Personal information
Full name Garry Maxwell John Smith[1]
Born New Zealand
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Runanga (WCRL)
Marist (WRL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
West Coast
1965–1972 Wellington 36
1965 North Island
1966–1971 New Zealand 16 3 0 0 9
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Marist (WRL)
Source: [2]

Garry Smith is a New Zealand rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s who played for New Zealand in the 1968 and 1970 World Cups, as a Prop, or Second-row.

Playing career[edit]

Smith originally played for the Runanga club on the West Coast, representing the West Coast.[3]

Following a failed transfer to Sydney, Smith joined Marist in the Wellington Rugby League competition. He won premierships with the club in 1965 and 1971. For the 1971 premiership, Smith was also the club's captain-coach.[3]

Representative career[edit]

Having already played for the West Coast, Smith became a Wellington representative when he moved to Marist.

In 1965 Smith was selected for the North Island and the following year he was first selected for the New Zealand Kiwis, playing in two losses to Australia. In 1967 he toured Australia, playing in only one test but ten of the seventeen tour games.[3] He played in the 1968 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and in the 1970 World Cup in Great Britain. In his final season for New Zealand, Smith was a key part of the Grand Slam Kiwis, playing in all seven tests as New Zealand defeated Australia 24-3 and won three-test series against Great Britain 2-1 and France 2 wins and a draw. He finished his career having played in a total of sixteen tests for New Zealand and thirty nine games.[3]