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Australian rugby player arrested in Japan for punching taxi driver in the face and refusing to pay fare

By Mason White 1:01 PM January 21, 2018
George Smith

A popular rugby player of Australia is currently behind bars in Japan after beating up a taxi driver who demanded he pays for his ride, according to police in Japan.

Tokyo police said that they arrested 37-year-old George Smith for punching the taxi driver in the face and refusing to pay the cost of his ride.

Smith is facing charges of assault and theft.

According to the police investigation, at around midnight, Smith was drunk and stopped a taxi.

Smith told the taxi driver to take him home.

When they arrived at his destination, Smith got out of the taxi and ran away without paying his $90 fare.

The taxi driver ran after him and demanded his money.

That is when Smith punched the taxi driver in the face and beat him up.
The taxi driver called the police and Smith was arrested.

Smith is currently signed on with the Suntory Sungoliath rugby team in Tokyo.

Suntory Sungoliath released a statement in which they apologize to the victim.

Smith denied all the allegations.

Smith is an Australian rugby union player.

He is a flanker for Queensland Reds, though he is more known for his 12 years at the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby, earning 142 caps.

He made his test debut in 2000 against France in Paris and earning 111 caps for Australia, 110 before retiring from international rugby, and one final cap against the British and Irish Lions.

He is the second most capped Wallaby forward behind Nathan Sharpe, and is the second most capped flanker in rugby union behind Richie McCaw.

He holds the world record as the youngest player to have played 100 test matches at 29 years and 4 days.