All Blacks legend comes out of retirement with immediate effect - Ruck

All Blacks legend comes out of retirement with immediate effect

In an interesting development, Japanese side Kobe Steelers have announced that Ben Smith is returning to the club, having announced in December 2021 that he had left/retired.

Smith made his international debut for New Zealand in 2009, playing 84 tests from then until the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning team. He was vice-captain of the All Blacks from 2016 to 2017 and captained the team once, against Samoa in 2017.

He scored 39 tries for New Zealand throughout his international career, placing him amongst the all-time leading try scorers.

The 35-year-old normally plays as an outside back, but has also previously played as a centre and halfback.

He joins a host of top international players who will feature in the Top League rugby competition next season, which is headlined by former All Blacks teammate Beauden Barrett.

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LIST: 5 international rugby stars that are still playing

For fans of a certain age, it’s distressing to see the emergence of footballers who were born in the 2000s.

It’s a reminder that you’re much older than you think, and that you’ve probably missed your chance to turn pro.

Below, we have rounded up five internationals that we are certain you will be surprised to learn are still playing. 

Did we miss anybody particularly noteworthy? Make sure you let us know in the comments below. 

#1. Gavin Henson

The Wales legend could realise his dream of playing in a Rugby World Cup after unexpectedly switching to rugby league. The former union icon, released by the Dragons at the end of the 2018-19 season, has joined 13-a-side club West Wales Raiders.

DID YOU KNOW? Henson has participated in several reality television series: 71 Degrees NorthStrictly Come DancingThe Bachelor and Celebrity Hunted (2019).

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