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Conrad Smith

Conrad Smith
Full name Conrad Gerard Smith
Date of birth (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981
Place of birth Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School Francis Douglas Memorial College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
New Zealand No. 1044
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2015– Pau 0 (0)
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)
correct as of 5 July 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–15 New Zealand 94 (130)
correct as of 31 October 2015.

Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981 in Hawera, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally. He is a key member of 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup winning teams, and a very few of those that became a member in two World Cup winning squads.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Domestic career 2
  • International career 3
  • Personal 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Smith played in many Taranaki age group teams. Smith attended Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, after which he moved to Wellington where he completed an LLB(Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was a resident of Weir House. Smith has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Domestic career

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.

International career

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 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.

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.[1]

Personal

Smith married Leanne Snowdon in October 2013.[2] Smith missed a test match in Sydney for the birth of their first child, a boy, in August 2014.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-news/conrad-smith-confirms-end-year-sabbatical-5450241
  2. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9329283/All-Black-goes-bush-to-marry
  3. ^ McKendry, Patrick (19 August 2014). "Nonu and Kaino 'highly unlikely' for All Blacks". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

External links

  • Conrad Smith at AllBlacks.com
  • Hurricanes profile
  • Conrad Smith interviewed on The Rock – 22 October 2009
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