Jeremy Smith (rugby league, born 1980)

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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith Sharks.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJeremy Jon Oscar Smith
Born (1980-04-14) 14 April 1980 (age 42)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Playing information
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
PositionLock, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–08 Melbourne Storm 68 12 1 0 50
2009–10 St. George Illawarra 30 5 0 0 20
2011–12 Cronulla-Sutherland 42 7 0 0 28
2013–16 Newcastle Knights 75 6 1 0 26
Total 215 30 2 0 124
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–12 New Zealand 22 3 8 0 28
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Jeremy Smith (born 14 April 1980) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 2000s and 2010s. A New Zealand international representative, he played as a second-row and lock. He played for the Melbourne Storm, the St. George Illawarra Dragons, with whom he won the 2010 NRL Grand Final with, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Newcastle Knights, who he co-captained, in the NRL.


Of Samoan heritage,[2] Smith was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a cousin of Kalifa Faifai Loa.[3] Smith was educated at Coombabah State High School.

Smith played his junior football for the Altona Roosters in Melbourne, Victoria[4] before moving to Queensland to play for Runaway Bay Seagulls RLFC.

In 2001, Smith was signed by the Northern Eagles, but was sacked by coach Peter Sharp.[5] He returned to Queensland, eventually finding his way to play for Melbourne Storm feeder club, Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup. In 2004, Smith was named Devils Player of the Year.

Professional playing career[edit]

Melbourne Storm[edit]

In round 23 of the 2004 NRL season Smith made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm against the Canberra Raiders. He scored a try on debut. Smith didn't play first-grade in 2005 but became a regular first-grader in 2006. The Storm reached the 2006 NRL Grand Final and Smith was selected to play from the interchange bench in the loss to the Broncos. He played in the 2007 NRL Grand Final win over the Sea Eagles, again selected off the interchange. In 2010, the premiership that Smith won with Melbourne was stripped by the NRL due to the club's major and deliberate breaches of the salary cap.[6]

After winning the 2007 NRL Grand Final with the Melbourne Storm, Smith was selected for the 2007 All Golds tour. Not to be confused with compatriot and namesake Jeremy James Smith, both Jeremy Smiths were named in the rugby league Centenary clash of 14 October 2007, Jeremy James Smith in the number 7 jersey and Jeremy Jon Oscar Smith in the number 13 jersey.[7][8]

Smith playing for the New Zealand at the 2008 RLWC

In August 2008, Smith was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[9] Later in the season Smith played in the 2008 NRL Grand Final defeat by Manly, starting in the second-row.[10] Smith signed a 3-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2009 to be a part of the new Wayne Bennett era at the Dragons.[11] In October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man New Zealand Kiwis squad.[12] Smith was a member of the World Cup-winning New Zealand team beating Australia in the 2008 World Cup final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland. In 2010, the premiership that Smith won with Melbourne in 2007 was stripped by the NRL for major and deliberate breaches of the salary cap.[13][14]

St. George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

In January 2009, Smith was named the 2008 New Zealand Rugby League Player of the Year.[15] In his first year at the Dragons, the team won the 2009 Minor Premiership after finishing first in the regular season and again won the Minor Premiership in 2010. In August 2010, Smith signed a 3-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks starting in 2011.[16] Smith played at lock in the Dragons' team that won the 2010 NRL Grand Final, defeating the Sydney Roosters. This was Smith's second premiership after the Storm's 2007 title. After that win, he had played in more grand finals than any other New Zealander.[17] After winning the 2010 NRL Grand Final with the St. George Illawarra Dragons, Smith was a part of New Zealand's successful 2010 Four Nations campaign.

Smith playing for the Melbourne Storm in 2008

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit]

Despite having a disappointing year with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2011, Smith was again chosen to represent New Zealand in the 2011 ANZAC Test and 2011 Four Nations. After a successful start to year with the Sharks, Smith was selected in the 2012 ANZAC Test. On 26 September 2012, Smith signed a three-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2013 to rejoin his former Dragons coach, Wayne Bennett.[18] He was released from the final year of his Sharks contract due to personal reasons.[19] He was named the New Zealand Rugby League's 2012 Player of the Year.[20]

Newcastle Knights[edit]

Smith commenced playing with the Newcastle Knights in the 2013 NRL season.

On 22 August 2014, Smith became one of the current NRL players and former Sharks players to accept reduced bans from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for his role in the club's 2011 supplements program.[21]

On 13 February 2015, Smith played for the NRL All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the annual All Stars match.[22] On 6 June 2015, he re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract.[23]

On 26 February 2016, Smith was announced as one of three co-captains for the Knights alongside Trent Hodkinson and Tariq Sims.[24] On 13 May 2016, he announced his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2016 season.[25]


  1. ^ "Jeremy Smith - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "NRL: Smith cleared of Hopoate-like poke". The New Zealand Herald. Australian Associated Press. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  4. ^ Jenkinson, Lance (19 April 2015). "Altona Roosters plan to make it a year to remember". Maribyrnong Star Weekly. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Smith sacked by Manly and his Melbourne NRL lifeline". Newcastle Knights. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ "'They are ours': Why Cameron Smith will always recognise Storm's stripped premierships". Fox Sports. 31 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Kiwis unveil new-look Test side". BBC News. 7 October 2007.
  8. ^ Lowe, Robert (9 October 2007). "League: Smith has big shoes to fill". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
  9. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Grand final: As it happened". Fox Sports. 5 October 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  11. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  12. ^ "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  13. ^ "Melbourne Storm stripped of premierships for salary cap breaches". 22 April 2010.
  14. ^ "Storm punishment too harsh: Geyer". ABC News. 22 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Jeremy Smith named Kiwi player of the year". Macquarie National News. 2 February 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
  16. ^ "Cronulla Sharks Snare Jeremy Smith From Arch Rivals St. George Illawarra". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  17. ^ Burgess, Michael (3 April 2011). "NRL: Second to no one with attitude". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  18. ^ [2] Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Sharks grant Smith release". 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  20. ^ Jeremy Smith named Kiwis' player of the year, 8 November 2012
  21. ^ "Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Final All Stars teams announced". 9 February 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Smith signs on for one more - Knights". 6 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  24. ^ NRL. "Newcastle Knights announce 2016 captains - Knights". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Smith to retire at end of season". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 13 May 2016.

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