Andrew Smith enters his fifth season with the University of Canberra Brumbies needing just 12 appearances to notch up the magic 50 caps. A strong, evasive ball carrier, Smith is also one of Australia’s better defenders and can usually read an attacking move well before it’s played out. Hailing from Sydney and a former member of the Waratahs Academy system, Smith came to the UC Brumbies after claiming the Ken Catchpole Medal with Northern Suburbs in 2008. Smith’s 2013 season was marred by several difficult injuries and as a result game time was limited. But when he was on the field, Smith was making things happen. His first (and last) touches on return from injury set Henry Speight up against the Highlanders while his in-and-away on to Tevita Kuridrani clinched the match winner against the British and Irish Lions. A big unit standing well over 190cm, tackling Smith on the rugby pitch is akin to taking down a raging warthog on the African savannah. Smith’s long stride and elusive swerve make him almost impossible to collect while his final passes always stick to send wingers away for tries. Thanks to off season of rehab work and a tidy pre-season to get his rugby right, Smith is back in top-class condition and ready to rip into the 2014 Super Rugby season for the UC Brumbies.
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