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Ben Smith

A former financial analyst & auditor in retail banking, Ben is a columnist at RugbyPass specialising in opinion-based analysis, breaking down rugby as he sees it, to uncover what professional teams are trying to do around the world.

Report: France planning to stiff 2025 tour to play All Blacks

France head coach Fabien Galthie has laid bare his plans for the next Rugby World Cup cycle in 2027, which includes short-changing…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
11 Jun 2024, 16:37

Ex-England flyhalf says Crusaders downfall means series win over the All Blacks a 'realistic chance'

Former England flyhalf Freddie Burns believes that a 2-0 series win over the All Blacks is on the table as New Zealand rugby goes …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
10 Jun 2024, 20:09

'Publicly I said I didn't care': Ian Foster reveals revenge motivation in Ireland quarter-final

Former All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has revealed that his preferred quarter-final opponent at last year's Rugby World Cup was …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
10 Jun 2024, 16:32

Beauden Barrett on the Ireland players who were 'targets' for the All Blacks

All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett has revealed how the haka before the All Blacks and Ireland quarter-final was used to intimida…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
09 Jun 2024, 22:48

Sam Cane opens up on the Kriel tackle and Rugby World Cup final red card

Retiring All Black skipper Sam Cane has given a raw and emotional recount of his red card in the Rugby World Cup final.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
08 Jun 2024, 23:32

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu ruled out of playoffs and England series

Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the rest of the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs after suffering a knee injury against the F…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
08 Jun 2024, 22:54

What everyone is saying about the Rebels after their final game in Super Rugby Pacific

There were emotional scenes in Wellington as the Melbourne Rebels were defeated by the Hurricanes, which will go down as the franc…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
08 Jun 2024, 21:04

Watch: Electric Fijian superstar rips Blues for 55-metre solo try

Winger Selestino Ravutaumada scored his seventh try of the season with a blistering run that cut open the Blues from over halfway.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
08 Jun 2024, 18:50
Opinion

Chiefs player ratings vs Reds | Super Rugby Pacific quarter-finals

It was all Chiefs as the Reds were dominated in every facet of the game and took a 31-0 lead into half-time. Here's how the Chiefs…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
07 Jun 2024, 3:54

New Zealand Rugby re-sign Crusaders' pair until next World Cup

New Zealand Rugby has announced they have re-signed the Crusaders pair of Scott Barrett and Codie Taylor until the end of the next…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
05 Jun 2024, 18:51

Rugby Australia's star recruit sent off in Origin debut

Rugby Australia's star signing Joseph-Aukoso Sua'ali'i will be playing rugby union next year but his State of Origin debut became …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
05 Jun 2024, 17:51

Cam Miller to start for Highlanders against the Brumbies

The Highlanders have opted to start kicking ace Cam Miller for their crunch quarter-final against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
05 Jun 2024, 1:07

Chiefs name eight All Blacks in team to play the Reds

The Chiefs have named eight All Blacks in their team to play the Queensland Reds in a quarter-final rematch in Hamilton on Friday …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
05 Jun 2024, 0:15
Opinion

Five key reasons why the Crusaders' wheels fell off in 2024

The Crusaders have missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015 under first year head coach Rob Penney prompting an external …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
04 Jun 2024, 17:07

Crusaders hire external firm to undertake autopsy of disastrous season

The Crusaders finished their season on a high with a 43-10 win over Moana Pasifika but it wasn't enough to secure playoff qualific…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
01 Jun 2024, 23:19
Opinion

Super Rugby Pacific takeaways: Josh Ioane honorary MVP, Chiefs at most risk

The final week of the Super Rugby Pacific season saw the final playoff spot secured by the Fijian Drua after a big win over the Me…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
01 Jun 2024, 20:43

'No guarantees': Jordie Barrett on the Hurricanes' playoff hopes

Hurricanes captain Jordie Barrett was pleased with the 41-14 win over the Highlanders but all focus now turns to recovery for the …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
01 Jun 2024, 22:44

New Zealand rugby set for conflict as provincial unions reject NZR's recommendations

The provincial unions have rejected NZR's 'Proposal 1' governance changes, instead voting in 'Proposal 2' at the New Zealand Rugby…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
29 May 2024, 18:26

Highlanders bring in the young guns to face the Hurricanes

The Highlanders have promoted a number of young guns into the starting side to play the Hurricanes with a playoff spot assured. 

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
28 May 2024, 23:33

Final Hurricanes team of the regular season named to play Highlanders

The Hurricanes will look to continue their seven-game home winning streak when they take on the Highlanders at Sky Stadium on Satu…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
28 May 2024, 23:17
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