Ben Smith Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Smith on making All Blacks squad – ‘I’ve got to be better but I’m not looking back’

Ben Smith Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Smith on making All Blacks squad – ‘I’ve got to be better but I’m not looking back’

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Ben Smith admits that he hasn’t been playing his best rugby but doesn’t want to look back on his last three tests, saying he is comfortable with where he is at after a good week’s training which has allowed him to look forward to the Rugby World Cup with genuine excitement.

The 33-year-old outside back, who has played 79 tests, remains an integral part of the All Blacks and his reliability under the high ball in particular will allow the coaches to sleep a little easier before the knockout matches in Japan.

After badly tearing a hamstring while playing for the Highlanders this season, and making it back on to the field a month later to start in the Super Rugby quarter-final against the Crusaders, Smith didn’t look himself against Argentina, South Africa and Australia in Perth, a form slip which was made to look worse when compared with the performances of George Bridge and Sevu Reece against the Wallabies at Eden Park.

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