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Smith signs four-year extension

03rd July 2013 18:01

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Ben Smith has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby, the Highlanders and the Otago RFU for another four years.

The re-signing of the multi-talented Smith through to 2017 is a major deal for New Zealand Rugby.

Smith, who can play wing, full-back or centre, was dubbed the "back of the Series" by All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen after starring in his three starts in the recent series against the French.

He scored two tries in the second and third Tests, had a hand in several others and was a constant threat on attack and solid on defence in a classy all-round performance in June.

27-year-old Smith said he was looking forward to his future in New Zealand and the South.

"I have always been proud to wear the Otago, Highlanders and All Blacks jerseys and so I'm delighted to be re-signing with New Zealand Rugby for the next four years," he said.

"Growing up down the road from my Green Island club in Dunedin, rugby was the game I have always loved and I'm loving it still. I look forward to playing my part any way I can over the next few years."

Hansen said the re-signing of Smith was fantastic news: "He is an exceptional footballer and a down-to-earth team man. He is a true professional, is constantly learning and works incredibly hard on developing his game and it has paid dividends. We are delighted for him."

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