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All Blacks legend comes out of retirement

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

In an intriguing turn of events, the Kobe Steelers have announced that Ben Smith will return to the club after leaving/retiring in December 2021.

From 2009 through the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Smith made his international debut for New Zealand, appearing in 84 tests. He was a significant player of the team that won the 2015 Rugby World Cup. From 2016 to 2017, he served as the All Blacks’ vice-captain and captained the team once, against Samoa in 2017.

During his international career, he scored 39 tries for New Zealand, making him one of the all-time try scorers.

The 35-year-old usually plays as an outside back, but he has also played as a centre and halfback in the past.

He joins a slew of great international players set to compete in the Top League rugby competition next season, which will be headed by Beauden Barrett, a former All Blacks teammate.

Ben Smith ends speculation about immediate future

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