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Ben Smith and five other players who came out of retirement for their local team

One of the world’s best fullbacks of the past 10 years will be running around at Miller Park in Dunedin on Saturday.

Former All Black Ben Smith will turn out for his beloved Green Island against Kaikorai in club rugby, bringing up his 50th game for the club, and Grizzlies chairman Blair Bezett told Stuff that his phone “had been running hot” since they announced the news on Friday.

Smith was stranded on 49 games for Green Island when he left New Zealand rugby following the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

RUGBY PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR THEIR LOCAL CLUB

#1. Dan Carter – Southbridge

The All Black legend played a match for his childhood club Southbridge last month, scoring 12 points for his boyhood side. He played the full 80 minutes and scored six of his seven kicks at goal as his side beat West Melton 54-14. Following the game, Carter revealed he intends to play a bigger part at his local club moving forward.

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