Oliver James Smith (born 14 August 1982 in Leicester) is a rugby player who plays for Montpellier Hérault RC and England usually at outside centre and occasionally inside centre or wing. 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.
With injuries to other centres Mike Tindall and Will Greenwood, Smith was tipped by amongst others former centre Jeremy Guscott to take his place in the 2005 Six Nations side. However, Smith was overlooked in favour of Newcastle centres of Mathew Tait and Jamie Noon. Tait, aged only 18, played poorly in his debut against Wales and was substituted by Olly Barkley who played in the remaining matches. Noon was solid, if unspectacular and retained his place. Some good performances from Smith in club games saw him come onto the bench for the games against Ireland, Italy and Scotland, gaining two more caps against Italy and Scotland.
Smith was then named to the British Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand ahead of Noon and Barkley. Shortly after this announcement, his father died. In 2008 there was a great disappointment for Ollie because he did not get into the England squad for the mid-year tour to New Zealand.
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