The former Wasps and Wallaby who was capped 111 times for his country, has reportedly been arrested after fleeing from a taxi without paying and punching the driver on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo!
He has been arrested in Japan after allegedly refusing to pay a bill of around £65 for the taxi ride, running away from the vehicle and punching the driver. It is also alleged he was under the influence of alcohol. He had an illustrious International career winning 111 caps for Australia.
Smith currently plays for Tokyo based side Suntory Sungoliath and is currently one of the biggest names in Japanese club rugby.
Smith’s club confirmed his arrest with the flanker reported to have denied the allegations.
“It is true that George Smith, under contract to our rugby team, has been arrested,” said Suntory Holdings Ltd, the company that owns Sungoliath.
“We issue a heartfelt apology to the victim, as well as other related people, as well as to the many people who have worried and been caused problems by this.”
Local police were not available for comment.
Smith, a Rugby World Cup finalist with Australia in 2003, made his professional debut in 2000 with Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies, and after retiring from international duty in 2010, Smith had spells with Toulon, Stade Francais and Lyon in France as well as Wasps in the Premiership, and was drafted in by England head coach Eddie Jones to offer his advice on defensive coaching in 2016.