Smith, the centurion of the tenth history

Faraj bin Lahousin, Media 365, published on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 06:46

Celebrating his 100th selection on Saturday with the All Blacks, Aaron Smith is a little more than that in New Zealand rugby history.

On Saturday, Australia visited New Zealand at the legendary Eden Park in Auckland as the Land of the Long White Cloud won the Rugby World Cup for the second time against France under Thierry Desoutier in 2011 (8-7). In their impregnable fortress where they have not ceded to defeat the Australians since 1986, The All Blacks dominate neighbors Oceania in the Bledisloe Cup (33-25)The annual showdown between the giants of the southern hemisphere. However, the Wallabies will have the opportunity to take their revenge next week, still in Auckland, as part of the first day of the Rugby Championships.

This rehearsal before the start of the International Grand Prix of the Southern Hemisphere Nations also signaled Aaron Smith’s entry into the All-Black Goddess. Believing the shirt with silver fern for the hundredth time, half-scrum left his mark on his country’s history a little more. Most capped half-scrum, also merge The very closed circle of the hundred as now only ten names appear. Ten great players including Ma’a Nonu or the former captain and record holder of New Zealand, Richie McCaw.

“It’s a dream come true”

His former captain of choice, Kiran Reed personally came to give him the black and silver cap that symbolizes this unique moment. “It’s a dream come true,” the person said after the meeting. Refusing to enter the field first at the start of pre-match protocol, as is customary when a player celebrates his 50th or 100th jersey, he humbly preferred to let his captain Sam Whitelock, another centurion with 125 picks, lead his forces. However, half of the scrum had the honor of leading the Hakka.

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