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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.

France re-match drawn for New Zealand U20s in tough pool group

The New Zealand U20s will get the opportunity to avenge last year's defeat to France U20 when the World Championships kick off in …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
28 May 2024, 22:55
Opinion

New Zealand rugby has an excess of talent with nowhere to go

Rugby league and the NRL's talent raid on rugby union schools has garnered much press as the popularity of the Warriors has boomed…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
27 May 2024, 18:36

All Blacks-Springboks tours back on the table from 2026

NZR and SARU have agreed to resume All Blacks and Springboks tours from 2026 according to South African newspaper Rapport.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
27 May 2024, 22:16

'Another James Lowe or Gibson-Park': Irish glee as New Zealand lose 'next Dan Carter'

The loss of Hurricanes' first five-eighth Aidan Morgan to Ireland club Ulster on a two-year deal was met with excitement and resig…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
27 May 2024, 20:39

'Men of action': Aaron Smith's verdict on the next All Blacks captain

Retired halfback Aaron Smith has been in the All Blacks leadership groups for the better part of a decade through his illustrious …

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
26 May 2024, 16:41

Aaron Smith believes that All Blacks eligibility will change after the last two World Cups

Former All Blacks halfback and Test centurion Aaron Smith believes that the All Blacks eligibility rules will change in the next f…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
25 May 2024, 21:44

Nareki and Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens star as Highlanders thump Drua

The Highlanders have come away with a comprehensive 39-3 win over the Fijian Drua on Sunday afternoon in the crucial battle betwee…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
25 May 2024, 22:58

What Rob Penney had to say after Crusaders beat the Blues

Reflecting on the chaotic build-up the head coach took ownership of his comments and was just pleased that the incident didn't der…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
25 May 2024, 21:17

'You could feel it all week': Crusaders captain Taylor on ambushing the Blues

The under-siege Crusaders topped a tumultuous week with a memorable 29-27 win over the table-leading Blues in front of a raucous c…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
25 May 2024, 17:58

Ethan Blackadder on his latest return with the Crusaders as an openside

All Black Ethan Blackadder made his latest return for the Crusaders after three weeks on the sidelines to help the side to a 29-27…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
25 May 2024, 18:43

Crusaders apologise to journalist after Penney's expletive

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge has apologised on behalf of the organisation to 1News reporter Thomas Mead after coach Rob Penney's…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
22 May 2024, 22:12

Chiefs prop Reuben O'Niell cops ban for 'physical abuse'

Chiefs tighthead Reuben O'Neill has been found guilty and charged with "physical abuse" by the SANZAAR judiciary, leading to a thr…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
22 May 2024, 21:17

Black Ferns team to play Australia for the O'Reilly Cup

The Black Ferns have named their team to play Australia for the O'Reilly Cup this weekend as they look to bounce back from a disap…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
22 May 2024, 18:25

Crusaders coach Penney has no plan to step down

Crusaders head coach Rob Penney insists he will be at Rugby Park in 2025 as pressure intensifies surrounding the side after a 2-10…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
22 May 2024, 17:05

Ethan Blackadder returns for Crusaders to play the Blues

The Crusaders have been boosted by the return of All Black loose forward Ethan Blackadder to play the Blues at home this weekend.…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
21 May 2024, 23:33

All Black and Blues prop re-signs for another two years

All Black and Blues prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi has re-signed on a new two-year deal that will see him remain in New Zealand until the en…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
21 May 2024, 15:57

New Zealand Rugby facing civil war as players association threatens to break away

The professional game in New Zealand is facing the prospect of a civil war after the New Zealand Rugby Players Association threate…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
21 May 2024, 15:40
Opinion

Super Rugby Pacific enters the zombie state ahead of playoffs

The Blues, Hurricanes, Brumbies and Chiefs are all assured of a final four finish after the Queensland Reds lost to the Fijian Dru…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
19 May 2024, 19:02

Canada claim first-ever win over Black Ferns, win Pacific Four Series title

Canada have claimed their first-ever win over the Black Ferns and the Pacific Four Series title under grey cloud on a cold afterno…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
19 May 2024, 1:34

Shannon Frizell still a top target for the All Blacks says Robertson

Incoming All Blacks head coach Scott Robertson has expressed a desire to see departed blindside flanker Shannon Frizell back in bl…

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
18 May 2024, 21:00
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