Oliver James Smith
(born 14 August 1982 in Leicester
) is an English rugby player who plays for Harlequins F.C.
Rugby Club as of next season (10/11) and England
usually at outside centre
and occasionally inside centre
. He sees himself as a centre who has enough pace to deliver on the wing
if required. Smith is 6'1" (1.85 m) and weighs 14 st 5l bs (91 kg). He formerly played for Leicester Tigers
. It has been announced that he will join London side Harlequins
for the 2010/2011 season.
He was educated at John Cleveland College
and went on to do a PE & Sports Science degree at Loughborough University
. He started playing junior rugby union with Old Bosworthians and then joined Market Bosworth at U14 level. As a boy he attended Tigers matches with his father and had his first season ticket at Welford Road at age seven. He joined Leicester Academy in 1999 after attending a trial. He was an unused replacement aged 17 before making his Leicester debut in September 2000 against London Irish
after his 18th birthday, at the time he was the youngest player to feature in the Zurich Premiership
. His age and ability led to comparisons with former Tigers' centre Paul Dodge
who did make his debut aged 17 and was to be his mentor.
He played for England U18 ‘A’ in 1999/00 and the next season became a member of the England U19 team, progressing to the U21 side during 2001/02, then Smith gained... Read More