All Blacks centre Conrad Smith will skip Saturday’s Test against Scotland so he can return home to deal with a family matter.
All Blacks centre Conrad Smith will skip Saturday’s Test against Scotland so he can return home to deal with a family matter, according to New Zealand media reports.
Coach Steve Hansen said Smith, who became a father in August, would miss the Test in Edinburgh and return in time for the Test against Wales on November 22, Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Herald reported.
“It’s not overly serious but it’s serious enough for him to have to go home,” Hansen told reporters.
“Everyone is healthy which is great but obviously it’s a personal matter so I can’t answer any more questions on it.”
Lock Brodie Retallick is also reportedly out of the Scotland Test after injuring his shoulder in New Zealand’s 24-21 win over England on Saturday.