Chester born, where his family had connections with the local army base, Gareth Smith came up through the ranks of his home city’s rugby club.
Smith followed in his father’s footsteps in pursuing an army career, becoming a corporal with the Royal Welsh regiment. Developing into a hard scrummaging tight head prop, Smith represented both the British Army and the Combined Services. He also played at A team level with Wasps before joining English Championship side London Scottish in 2017.
In the summer of 2018 Gareth Smith trained with Pontypridd and was drafted into the club’s senior squad for the ensuing season.