Top Teammates with Ruan Smith

· Super Rugby
by Rebels Media

Our Money Lab Top Teammates series investigates the teammates that have shaped our Rebels on their professional journey.


This week, prop Ruan Smith reveals the three players who have left their mark on him.

One of my most memorable teammates is George Smith, simply because he a was a freak of nature and an awesome person off the field.

There was not an arrogant bone in his body; just an all-round privilege to even say that I’ve played alongside him for two different clubs (Brumbies and Reds).

He always had time for anyone.

Another has been Clyde Rathbone - an unbelievable player with the world of experience.

He made a stunning comeback after a long-term layoff after facing extreme diversities in his personal life. He’s taught me a lot to be myself and how not to follow the crowd.

Lastly, there is Christian Lealiifano.

There is no explanation needed! Someone who I just look up to more than anyone; a true inspiration.