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Ben Smith’s French Top 14 debut ended in disaster with the All Blacks star sent off for an ugly fend.
The gifted outside back had to sit and watch most of the second half as his Pau team went down 21-18 to bottom-placed Stade Francais on Monday (NZT).
Smith, who earned 84 caps for the All Blacks through to this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, was shown a red card by international referee Alexandre Ruiz in the 51st minute.
Ruiz sent Smith off for a fend where he led with his elbow and the impact left Stade hooker Lucas Da Silva flat on his back.
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