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Sam Smith

Roving reporter and RugbyPass Employee of the Month Runner Up, March 2016. Based in Auckland, New Zealand.

1529 Articles

EPCR statement: Pau coach banned for verbally abusing Hollie Davidson

Pau assistant coach Geoffrey Lanne-Petit has been banned and his club given a suspended fine after misconduct charges for abusing …

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
19 Jan 2023, 12:29

Blueprints of four rugby masterminds on show in mouth-watering League One clashes

Four of the modern game’s greatest coaches will match wills this weekend as Japan Rugby League One brings together Eddie Jones, …

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
13 Jan 2023, 9:18

O'Gara at the centre of flyhalf controversy next to Carter and Wilkinson

Ireland flyhalf Ronan O'Gara alongside World Cup-winning duo Dan Carter and Jonny Wilkinson has caused controversy.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
11 Jan 2023, 21:57

Ngani Laumape continues to shine in Japan with another dominant performance

Former Hurricanes and All Blacks midfielder Ngani Laumape has hit the ground running in Japan Rugby League One, producing two domi…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
09 Jan 2023, 16:32

'Hurts to watch': Frustrations grow over Toulon's Springbok star Kolbe

The use of Toulon's megastar wing Cheslin Kolbe has come under question as fans grow frustrated with the Springboks star and the h…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
07 Jan 2023, 20:39

Yellow and red cards fly for Springboks and All Blacks in Japan

Two reds and three yellow cards were issued to international stars across the latest round of Japan Rugby League one in the three …

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
07 Jan 2023, 18:05

Former All Black Aaron Cruden red-carded for clean out on Faf De Klerk

Former All Black first five Aaron Cruden was handed a red card for a clean out gone wrong which collected Springboks scrumhalf Faf…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
07 Jan 2023, 15:42

A 'gumpy' Sam Whitelock got Most Improved Player four years running before settling on rugby

Sam Whitelock may have racked up 143 tests and won two Rugby World Cups for the All Blacks, but rugby wasn't always the sport he l…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
06 Jan 2023, 22:40

Fiji Rugby CEO resigns effective immediately with more changes possible

Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Mr. John O’Connor has resigned effective immediately, after six years in the role since joining the r…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
05 Jan 2023, 20:18

Three time World Cup winner Farah Palmer made Dame

Dame Farah's exploits in the black jersey include three consecutive Rugby World Cup titles, leading the Black ferns to victory in …

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
30 Dec 2022, 23:19

'That wasn't meant to be': Former Wales centre announces retirement

Centre Cory Allen has today announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
29 Dec 2022, 9:06

Watch: The Super Cup altercation that's seen Georgia captain banned for three Tests

Georgia may have celebrated a second successive Super Cup victory over the weekend, but the win has come at a cost.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
23 Dec 2022, 6:30

Sonny Bill Williams' rocky All Blacks debut that led to man of the match second outing

Williams' first touch of the match came within the opening minute, receiving a poor pass from Mils Muliaina as the fullback was ru…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
22 Dec 2022, 20:12

Benetton issue statement following racist Secret Santa gift

Benetton Rugby have issued a public statement following a post from Cherif Traore on social media.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
21 Dec 2022, 10:20

French star facing year-long suspension after being cited for 'suspicous' contact

Toulouse and France international fullback Thomas Romas is facing a serious stint on the sidelines after being cited by the EPCR f…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
19 Dec 2022, 20:34

'I was really disappointed': Beauden Barrett refutes sabbatical report

Contrary to reports last week, Beauden Barrett did not approach New Zealand Rugby regarding a bold deal that would see the All Bla…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
19 Dec 2022, 5:14

Watch: Israel Folau scores less than sixty seconds into new Japan League One season

Former Wallaby and Tongan international fullback Israel Folau has continued his prolific try-scoring exploits by scoring less than…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
17 Dec 2022, 17:53

Chiefs sign veteran Irish international as injury cover for All Black

Ireland's John Ryan will join the Gallagher Chiefs for the 2023 DHL Super Rugby Pacific season the Chiefs Rugby Club announced tod…

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
13 Dec 2022, 21:24

'I understood that was coming': James Lowe on copping trash talk from the All Blacks

James Lowe said that he was expecting a verbal backlash of some sorts on the field from the All Blacks and they didn't disappoint.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
13 Dec 2022, 20:19

The man Warren Gatland is backing to lead the Lions in 2025

Warren Gatland has rebuffed suggestions that he could take charge of an historic fourth British and Irish Lions tour in 2025.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith
13 Dec 2022, 10:49
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