Andrew Smith is a hard running outside centre with the ability to make metres over the advantage line. At 1.94m and 104kg, bringing Smith down with a full head of steam is like trying to tackle a Harley Davidson. Making him even harder to defend is Smith’s world-class ability to read the game, with the outside centre always looking for avenues to exploit a defender on the back foot or a big forward out of position. In 2012, Smith formed a set of lethal backline combinations, both inside and out, that lead to tries from every corner of the rugby field. Linking with Joe Tomane against the Highlanders, Smith made the initial busts, putting one of Australia’s best finishers in space and on his way to the try-line. His partnerships with Pat McCabe and Christian Lealiifano were also impressive, with Smith managing to bag four tries of his own including three in consecutive weeks against the Bulls, Lions and Waratahs. After five caps in his debut season and 10 in 2011, Smith appeared in every game of 2012, starting in 15 fixtures and playing more minutes than any other Brumbies back. An Australian Under 19’s representative in 2004, Smith was a member of the Waratahs Academy early in his career before making the move down the Hume Highway to the Brumbies in 2009. His first appearances in Brumbies colours came during the French tour of the same year, with Smith being named the Player of the Tour.Having been impressed with his form on tour and keen to utilise the skills he learned as an Australian Sevens player in 2003 and 2004, Brumbies coaching staff offered Smith a two year deal in Canberra which he accepted. In 2012 Smith signed a one year extension on his contract which expires at the conclusion of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
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