Will Smith (rugby league)

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Will Smith
Will Smith Penrith.jpg
Personal information
Full name William Smith[1]
Born (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 24)
Newcastle, New South Wales Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Fullback, Halfback, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–16 Penrith Panthers 21 2 4 0 16
2017– Parramatta Eels 6 1 0 0 4
Total 27 3 4 0 20
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 Indigenous All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 10 July 2016
Source: [2]

Will Smith (born 3 July 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays at five-eighth, but can also fill in at fullback and centre. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers.

Background[edit]

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Smith is an Indigenous Australian and played his junior football for the Western Suburbs Rosellas in the Newcastle Rugby League. He was then signed by the Newcastle Knights.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

From 2010 to 2012, Smith played for the Newcastle Knights' NYC team.[3][4] On 28 May 2012, he re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract.[5][6]

Smith playing for the Knights in 2013

In 2013, he moved on to the Knights' New South Wales Cup team.[7] On 25 June 2013, he signed a 2-year contract with the Penrith Panthers starting in 2014.[8][9]

2014[edit]

In Round 21 of the 2014 NRL season, Smith made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs replacing the injured Peter Wallace.[10][11] He would go on to play 8 games for the Panthers at five-eighth that year, including 2 games in the finals.[12] On 21 September, he was named at five-eighth in the 2014 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year.[13]

2015[edit]

On 31 January and 1 February 2015, Smith played for the Panthers in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[14] He finished off the season playing 9 games for the Panthers scoring 2 tries and kicking 4 goals.

2016[edit]

On 13 February, Smith played for the Indigenous All Stars against the World All Stars.[15] He was named in the Penrith 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[16] In November, it was announced that he would be joining the Parramatta Eels in 2017.[17]

2017[edit]

Smith made his club debut for the Eels in round 9 of the 2017 season, playing at five-eighth against the North Queensland Cowboys and scoring a try.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130419221648/http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/playerprofiledisplay/Knights/William%20Smith/3107. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Will Smith - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ "S". Nyc Database. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100907201159/http://www.rleague.com/db/player/s/smith_will/index.php. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Knights sign Gagai, re-sign Rochow and Smith". SportsAustralia.com. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120630213318/http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news-display/Knights-sign-Gagai-resign-Rochow-and-Smith/56009. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Vb Nsw Cup Team Lists - Round Sixteen". NSWRL.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  8. ^ "Will Smith to join Panthers for 2014 | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130629224556/http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news-display/Will-Smith-to-join-Panthers-for-2014/77901. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "NRL Team List - Round 21 - Panthers". Penrithpanthers.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  11. ^ "NRL 2014 - Round 21". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  12. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  13. ^ "2014 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year". NSWRL.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  14. ^ "2015 Auckland Nines squad lists". NRL. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Chris Garry (13 February 2016). "World All Stars defeat Indigenous All Stars 12-8 at Suncorp Stadium". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines Official Squads". NRL. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  17. ^ ParraEels.com.au. "Parramatta Eels announce signings for the 2017 squad". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  18. ^ "Updated team lists: Cowboys v Eels". NRL.com. 2016-12-18. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 

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