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Highlanders release 'ultimate' jersey in Ben Smith's honour

Ahead of their final home game of the Super Rugby season, the Highlanders released “the ultimate jersey” in honour of Ben Smith.

The shirt was framed, and comprises of the four teams that the fullback has played for, Otago, Green Island, the Highlanders and Kings High School. Smith is a Highlanders legend, and is set to leave New Zealand after the World Cup this year, with French outfit Pau likely to be his next destination.

This is the shirt the Highlanders created:

Unfortunately for the 75-cap All Black, he has played his final game for the Highlanders, after sustaining a hamstring injury in May. However, his legendary status with the South Island club is already secured.

Not only is Smith the franchise’s most capped player, earning his 150th cap in April this year, but he was also a pivotal member of the Super Rugby winning team in 2015.

A commemorative jersey like this is a fitting tribute to not only one of the Highlanders’ greatest ever players, but one of New Zealand’s as well.

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Highlanders release 'ultimate' jersey in Ben Smith's honour