Darren Smith

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 8th December, 1968
Current Age
45 years and 284 days

Awards & Accolades

1998
Dally M Centre Of The Year

Biography

Versatile player, a potent attacking force at centre or in the second row, came to C’bury from Brisbane Easts in 1990. Smith represented Combined Brisbane against Great Britain as a 20-year-old in 1988 and made his State of Origin debut as a reserve for Queensland in the 1992 series. Conspicuous playing in headgear after suffering severe concussion in 1991, Smith looked certain to press for Australian selection until off-field politics took its toll in 1994. His refusal to renew his contract with C’bury, negotiating with two Brisbane clubs instead, saw him used in the limited role of interchange player. Smith's place in C’bury’s grand final side was taken by youngster Steven Hughes and Smith made little impact when he came on to the field as a replacement. Smith revealed that he had signed with the South Queensland Crushers but he then did an about-face and successfully sought a release from the new club to play with the Brisbane Broncos in 1995. It was unfortunate that Smith hit his best form at a time when the code was in turmoil and he did not represent again until 1997’s Super League season. He proved his durability at the highest level in making three appearances in Queensland’s Tri-Series campaign as well as playing in all five Super League Tests against NZ and Great Britain. When the game reunified in 1998, Smith returned to the Queensland State team and scored the final try in Brisbane's 38-12 thrashing of C’bury in the grand final. In an ironic twist to his career, and after making his Test debut against NZ at the end of the year, Smith announced that he was returning to the Bulldogs in 1999. Smith left the Bulldogs at the end of 2002 – denied the opportunity to finally win a premiership with the club when it was stripped of its competition points – to play with St Helens. At the end of his first English season Smith was inexplicably called into Australia’s Third Test team – despite being 35 years old – during the Ashes series by his former C’bury coach, national coach Chris Anderson who felt the available Kangaroo centres were not experienced enough. Smith returned to Australia in 2004 and made cameo appearances with the Broncos in two matches while playing for Brisbane Easts. He finally retired as a player after Easts was beaten in the grand final of the Queensland Cup.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia (SL) 1997 5 3 -   - 12 3 2 0 60.00% Match list
Australia 1998-99, 2003 7 2 -   - 8 6 1 0 85.71% Match list
Overall 1997-2003 12 5 0   0 20 9 3 0 75.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1992-94, 1998-02 22 2 -   - 8 9 11 2 40.91% Match list
Queensland (SL) 1997 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1992-2002 25 2 0   0 8 10 13 2 40.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRL 1990 21 6 -   - 24 11 9 1 52.38% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1991 23 6 -   - 24 13 9 1 56.52% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1992 13 8 -   - 32 5 8 0 38.46% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1993 22 9 1 / 2 50.00% - 38 15 7 0 68.18% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1994 21 7 -   - 28 17 4 0 80.95% Match list
Brisbane ARL 1995 21 11 -   - 44 14 7 0 66.67% Match list
Brisbane ARL 1996 20 14 -   - 56 16 4 0 80.00% Match list
Brisbane Super League 1997 19 8 -   - 32 16 2 1 84.21% Match list
Brisbane NRL 1998 27 23 -   - 92 21 5 1 77.78% Match list
Canterbury NRL 1999 23 5 -   - 20 14 8 1 60.87% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2000 22 3 -   - 12 9 12 1 40.91% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2001 23 6 -   - 24 14 7 2 60.87% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2002 17 3 -   - 12 14 3 0 82.35% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2004 2 2 -   - 8 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2005 16 4 -   - 16 7 9 0 43.75% Match list
Overall 1990-2005 ? 115 1 / 2 50.00% 0 462 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1990-94, 1999-02 185 53 1 / 2 50.00% - 214 112 67 6 60.54% Match list
Brisbane 1995-98, 2004-05 105 62 -   - 248 75 28 2 71.43% Match list
Overall 1990-2005 ? 115 1 / 2 50.00% 0 462 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1990-2001 7 1 -   - 4 2 5 0 28.57% Match list
Brisbane 1995, 1997-98, 2005 10 5 -   - 20 5 5 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1993-2005 17 6 0   0 24 7 10 0 41.18% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1990-94, 1999-02 185 53 1   - 214 114 72 6 61.62% Match list
Brisbane 1995-98, 2004-05 105 70 -   - 280 80 33 2 76.19% Match list
Overall 1990-2005 ? 123 1   0 494 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens Challenge Cup 2003 4 5 -   - 20 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
St Helens Super League VIII 2003 26 14 -   - 56 13 12 1 50.00% Match list
Overall 2003 ? 19 0   0 76 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 2003 30 19 -   - 76 16 13 1 53.33% Match list
Overall 2003 ? 19 0   0 76 ? ? ? ?  

All English Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 2003 31 19 -   - 76 16 14 1 51.61% Match list
Overall 2003 ? 19 0   0 76 ? ? ? ?  

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