Smiths sit out pre-season game in Hong Kong

Date published: January 29 2016

Highlanders star backs Aaron and Ben Smith will not travel to Hong Kong with the rest of the squad for their friendly with Racing 92.

Tony Brown, the Highlanders assistant coach, told NZ Newswire that both All Blacks will be rested for the fixture on February 6.

Aside from the absence of their two talismen, the Super Rugby champions will be without two injured players in Dan Pryor and Alex Ainley.

Both of the Smiths are expected to see action in the Highlanders' second pre-season friendly with the Crusaders a week later.