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As a bloke with 22 Tests for New Zealand under his belt, Jeremy Smith fully understands the benefits of playing representative football.      

Whether it be learning from the best in the business or gaining invaluable confidence, Smith says he always came away from rep camps buzzing with excitement.

"When you go into a winning culture and a team full of good players, you do tend to bring that confidence back to your club," Smith tells Knights TV.

"Playing rep games and mixing with quality players outside of your club can certainly help your game and help you develop as a player.

"I know I got the chance to play with a lot of good players in my years of playing football and it certainly helped me."

It's a positive vibe Smith hopes his fellow Knights teammates can pick up when they play for their respective rep teams this weekend. 

The veteran forward has no doubts the likes of Darius Boyd and Tyrone Roberts will significantly benefit from playing matches for Australia and Country.        

"I hope for our sake that he (Daruis) does come back with some confidence and gets back to being the Darius that we all know," he says.  

"It’s also good for our younger players like Tyrone to get a start.

"He got his chance in the Country team by someone else pulling out, so I hope he plays the same way that he does here.

"He’ll grab a lot of confidence from that game, especially playing outside of some good players."

Smith, meanwhile, believes an under-strength New Zealand side containing six debutants will be competitive against Australia in the Anzac Test in Sydney tonight.  

"I think it (the rookies) can only help them,' he says frankly.

"The debutants will bring something to the Kiwis.

"The Aussies have got a great team, they’ve been great for the last few years and they are always tough to beat in the one-off test.

"But the debutants can bring you a bit of spark and they’ve got nothing to lose the Kiwis, so it’s going to be tough for the Aussies.”