WATCH: Smith on 2013 tour memories

Our Saints Academy head on their 2019 Tour of Australia next week and ahead of the trip we gather the thoughts of Aaron Smith who reflects on his time on the 2013 tour.

Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor recounts the eventful trip of 2013…

“My lasting memories of the 2013 tour consisted of a big low and disappointment and a massive high. The big low point was in the first game as we suffered our heaviest ever defeat on tour against a very big and experienced St George team. St George obviously got the age groups a little mixed up!

Even on that day there were some highlights such as watching James Nicholl and Joe McLoughlin stand their ground and not give an inch to lads about 20kg heavier than them and two years older. Also, the squad got to meet the New Zealand world cup team – Sonny Bill and Shaun Johnson were mobbed for selfie’s with the lads!

Then another disappointment followed with a loss at Central Coast; we thought there was a little bit of a hangover from the previous game and confidence had obviously been dented, but after a very tough and encouraging training session at St George, there was a feeling of confidence and self-belief returning. This was taken into the next game against Wests Tigers and our first victory of the tour was gained. More importantly the lads had shown their true ability and were now looking forward to the last game against the mighty Penrith!

Playing at the Pepper Stadium is always a big buzz for the players. The lads were on a high and they put on a great show and came away with a win. Danny Richardson scored three tries and Dave Hewitt was pulling the strings and bossing the team around the field.

As far as tours go this squad had the worst record with two defeats, but they did show the most improvement and proved they could handle disappointment and work hard to turn their fortunes around. It was also the youngest squad we had taken on tour also.

The one thing that still sticks in my mind is seeing Dave Hewitt’s big toe nail ripped off whilst white water rafting … note to the lads this year – make sure you pack your nail clippers!!!

Squad of 2013

  1. Daniel Abram
  2. Philip Atherton
  3. Ricky Bailey
  4. Tom Calland
  5. Liam Cooper
  6. Jonah Cunningham
  7. Oliver Davies
  8. David Eccleston
  9. Lewis Fairhurst
  10. Matthew Fleming
  11. Liam Forsyth
  12. Lewis Hatton
  13. Kieron Herbert
  14. David Hewitt
  15. Morgan Knowles
  16. Ross McCauley
  17. Joesph McLoughlin
  18. Ben Morris
  19. James Nicholl
  20. Daniel Richardson
  21. Joe Ryan
  22. Adam Saunders
  23. Aaron Smith
  24. Connor Smith
  25. Jake Spedding
  26. Bobby Williams
  27. Chris Worrall


  • St Helens 14 v 60 St George
  • St Helens 16 v 30 Central Coast
  • St Helens 32 v 30 Wests Tigers
  • St Helens 20 v 12 Penrith Panthers

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