Aaron Smith (rugby Union)
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Aaron Smith Rugby Union

Aaron Smith
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Smith at the Government House in Auckland, September 2017
Full nameAaron Luke Smith
Date of birth (1988-11-21) 21 November 1988 (age 32)
Place of birthPalmerston North, New Zealand
Height171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb; 13 st 1 lb)
SchoolFeilding High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Current team Manawatu, Highlanders
All Black No. 1112
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008- Manawatu 43 (45)
2011- Highlanders 150 (145)
Correct as of 5 September 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 New Zealand U20 5 (0)
2010 New Zealand M?ori 3 (0)
2012- New Zealand 95 (97)
2020 North Island 1 (5)
Correct as of 5 September 2020

Aaron Luke Smith (born 21 November 1988) is a rugby union player who plays for New Zealand, the All Blacks, in international rugby. He plays at scrum-half in the team and is the most-capped scrum-half to ever play for New Zealand.

Smith played for the M?ori All Blacks in 2010, and was first selected for the All Blacks in 2012.[1] He was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team.

He also plays for the Highlanders in Super Rugby where he is the club's all time leader in caps, and for Manawatu in the ITM Cup.

Playing career

Provincial rugby

Smith made his debut for Manawatu in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup at the age of 19, making several substitute appearances for the Turbos. This included the historic 25-24 win over Canterbury in Round 1 and the 38-38 draw with Waikato in Round 3.[2][3][4]

For the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup, Smith established himself as the first-choice half-back for Manawatu, starting all 13 games over the course of the season and scoring his first representative try.[5] He continued as the starter in the 2010 ITM Cup, and established himself as one of the top half-backs in the competition and earning a Super Rugby contract.[6][7][]

In the 2011 ITM Cup, Smith continued to improve and had a successful season, scoring five tries helping the improved Manawatu squad which reached the Championship final.[]

Super Rugby

Aaron Smith playing for the Highlanders

Smith was included in the Blues wider training group for the 2010 Super 14 season, but did not see any game action for the Auckland-based side.[8]

For the 2011 Super Rugby season, Smith signed for the Highlanders, coached by Jamie Joseph, who had previously coached Smith with the New Zealand M?ori. Smith had a successful debut season, beating out Sean Romans for the job as backup to starting half-back (and All Black) Jimmy Cowan, and made 12 appearances including 3 starts.

International career

On the back of his strong performances for Manawatu, Smith, of Ng?ti Kahungunu descent, was selected to the New Zealand M?ori for their 2010 Centenary Series.[1][8][9] He came on as a substitute against the New Zealand Barbarians after Chris Smylie suffered a fractured cheekbone, and started in the squad's historic victories over Ireland and England.[10][11]

On the back of a successful Highlanders season Smith made his All Blacks debut on 9 June 2012, against Ireland.[12] By the time of the 2013 season Smith had become the first choice halfback for the national team.

Smith has been selected for every New Zealand squad since 2013, including the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad where he started in all the knockout games. Smith became the leader of the All Blacks' haka in 2016, following the retirement of Keven Mealamu and Liam Messam's decision to swap to New Zealand's rugby 7s squad, first leading the Haka against Wales at Eden Park.

Smith played his 50th international test match in the final test against Wales, during the 2016 tour, alongside lock Brodie Retallick, with whom he debuted. Although Smith lost his place as the All Blacks' Haka leader later in the season due to off-field controversy,[13] as well as strong competition for a starting place, from TJ Perenara, Smith was retained as a regular starter into the 2017 season, when he started in all three tests against the touring British and Irish Lions.

Smith became the most-capped scrum-half in New Zealand's history in the 2018 season, breaking Justin Marshall's long-standing record on 17 November 2018. [14] Despite the ongoing competition for his starting place through TJ Perenara, Smith was chosen to start against Ireland. Smith, during his record-breaking performance, unfortunately failed to perform well, with the All Blacks losing 9-16.

Scandal

Sex Scandal

In 2017 Aaron Smith was involved in a sex scandal with a lawyer in a disabled bathroom. According to messages received by the Daily Mail, Smith was said to have sent lewd messages to a female lawyer in advance of a sexual encounter in an airport bathroom. At the time, Smith was in a relationship. These revelations came out one year after alleged bugging of a Kiwi hotel room. Video emerged of Smith entering the bathroom with the female lawyer and Smith later travelled home in advance of New Zealands rugby championship match with South Africa.

Honours

All Blacks

Highlanders

Super Rugby 2015

References

  1. ^ a b Knowler, Richard (16 June 2012). "The rise of All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Turbos 2008 Air New Zealand Cup Squad Named". www.manawaturugby.co.nz. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Manawatu stuns Canterbury in upset". itmcup.co.nz. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Turbos comeback leads to draw". itmcup.co.nz. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "2009 Manawatu Turbos Air New Zealand Squad". www.manawaturugby.co.nz. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Final details on the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup squads". itmcup.co.nz. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Player Profile: Aaron Smith, The Highlanders". thehighlanders.co.nz. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b Knowler, Richard (23 June 2012). "Diminutive halves the pride of Manawatu". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "NZ Maori team to play England named". allblacks.com. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "New Zealand Maori 31-28 Ireland". BBC. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "New Zealand Maori 35-28 England". BBC. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Robson, Toby (11 June 2012). "Young guns at home in All Blacks side". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "Full witness account of Aaron Smith's airport bathroom toilet incident". Stuff. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Justin Marshall pays tribute to Aaron Smith, who wil become the most capped All Blacks' No.9 against Ireland". TVNZ. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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