France find out Samoan-born player is ineligible, hours after picking him in Six Nations squad

David Smith had previously played for the New Zealand Sevens team

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David Smith Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Samoan-born, New Zealand Sevens player David Smith's international career with France was unsurprisingly short.

The 29-year-old Toulon winger was named in Guy Noves' extended squad for next week's Six Nations game with Wales in Cardiff. It was assumed Smith qualified for France by residency after joining Toulon in 2011.

Smith spent most of his playing career in New Zealand, starring for Auckland, Wellington and Taranaki at various stages in his career. He failed to break into the All Blacks set-up but did play for their Sevens team in 2008. 

Despite Smith donning the New Zealand jersey, the French Rugby Federation assumed the Toulon player was eligible to feature against Wales. AFP journalist Jeremy Marot claimed on Sunday evening that the FFR had proof that Toulon player was eligible.

Smith's French career was over almost as quick as it began with Marot revealed that France had subsequently found out he was not eligible.

It's surprising that France deemed Smith was allowed play for them in the Six Nations. It's not like there was any photographic proof of him playing for New Zealand. Oh wait...