The Tongan Hitman joins the Western Force

The Western Force have recruited Wellington Hurricanes’ winger David Smith for next season’s Super 15 provincial campaign.

The Samoan-born Smith, 24, scored seven tries last season in four starts with the Hurricanes and played for the Barbarians against Ireland and England, scoring a try against the English at Twickenham.

Smith will arrive in Perth later this month after finishing his playing commitments with Taranaki in New Zealand’s ITM Cup, where he played alongside new Western Force playmaker Willie Ripia.

Having already represented the New Zealand Sevens side, Smith will be the Western Force marquee player in the 2011 season.

The signing comes a week after two promising New Zealand wingers joined the Waratahs and Brumbies. Afa Pakalani, who is nicknamed “The Tongan Hitman” has been recruited by NSW, while Henry Speight will play in Canberra after both were spotted running around in New Zealand’s ITM Cup this season.


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