Smith came to note as a rugby player during the 1880-1881 season when he joined first class club Cardiff. In the 1882-1883 season he shared the role of club secretary with West. H. Treat, Smith at the time was articled to Cardiff"s Town Clark. Smith was first chosen to represent Wales in the opening game of the 1884 Home Nations Championship in a game against his birth country, England.
Playing under the captaincy of Charlie Newman and fielding seven new caps, the Welsh side lost by a goal and two tries to a goal.
Smith played one more international game for Wales when he was selected for the opening match of the 1885 Championship. Played at Saint Helen"s against England, Wales were again beaten, and Smith was not part of the next match, his position taken by Edward Alexander.
International matches played
England 1884, 1885