Place of Birth: Vryburg, South Africa
Senior Club: GPS
School: Paarl Gimnasium, South Africa/Toowoomba Grammar School
Queensland A v Canada (2011)
Brisbane City v Queensland Country rep (2011-2012)
ARU National Academy (2012-2013)
Super Rugby (2014-2016)
Ever since JP Smith emigrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, he has wanted to represent the St.George Queensland Reds.
Now 27 years old, the South African-born prop has come full circle, returning to his family’s second home as part of the Reds 2018 squad.
Smith’s family originally emigrated from Cape Town to Toowoomba in 2006, where he and twin brother Ruan spent a year studying at Darling Downs Rugby nursery Toowoomba Grammar School, before returning to their homeland to finish their schooling.
He stayed on in South Africa a further year to play for Western Province, before returning to Australia to play for GPS in Brisbane and chase a Super Rugby contract – earning a two-year stint with the Brumbies from 2014-2015 and the Stormers in 2016.
Smith spent the 2017 season weighing up his options and honing his coaching skills with the USC Barbarians on the Sunshine Coast, before taking up a six-month opportunity with the Jake White-coached Toyota Verblitz in Japan’s Top League.