Ben Smith All Black Ben Smith red-carded on debut for French club Pau

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All Blacks great Ben Smith made his debut for Pau today but it lasted just 51 minutes after he was red-carded during his side’s clash with Stade Francais at the Stade Jean-Bouin in the Top 14.

The 84-times capped New Zealand back was shown a red for leading with the elbow into contact, and was duly sent off by referee Alexandre Ruiz.

The collision early in the second half left Stade hooker Lucas Da Silva on the floor and needing medical assistance.

The sending off would prove costly for Pau, who despite a late try for Lucas Rey, ran out 21 – 18 losers to their Parisian hosts.

It’s far from an ideal start to Smith time in France, arriving in the French league following an illustrious and storied career in the sport to date.

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