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Aaron Smith: All Blacks scrum-half to miss rest of Rugby Championship, questionable for fall internationals |  Rugby Union News


Aaron Smith will miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship to stay in New Zealand for the birth of his second child; Smith may not join the team for their Northern Hemisphere tour this fall, when the All Blacks face Wales, Italy, Ireland and France

Last update: 09/15/21 6:42 am

Aaron Smith to miss the rest of the Rugby Championship to stay in New Zealand for the birth of his second child

All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith is in doubt for the upcoming fall internationals after choosing to miss the rest of the rugby championship to stay in New Zealand for the birth of his second child.

Smith’s baby isn’t due until November, but he feared he wouldn’t be able to return home due to “rising likelihood” of being assigned a hotel quarantine place under COVID-19 restrictions from New Zealand.

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Trial Centurion Smith will now miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship in Australia, choosing instead to play in the New Zealand NPC National Competition, and may not join the team for their tour of the Northern Hemisphere, where they will face Wales, Italy, Ireland and France.

“The door is not completely closed for me to join the (All Blacks) team for the north tour if our baby arrives early,” said the 32-year-old.

“In this environment anything can happen so I have an open mind.

“Right now I just want to focus on being here with my family, enjoying the time and playing for Manawatu. I can’t wait to put the shoes back on.”

Aaron Smith: All Blacks scrum-half to miss rest of Rugby Championship, questionable for fall internationals |  Rugby Union News

New Zealand clinched a comfortable 39-0 victory over Argentina in their rugby championship clash.

New Zealand clinched a comfortable 39-0 victory over Argentina in their rugby championship clash.

Following the Rugby Championship, New Zealand will travel to Washington to face the United States on October 23 before embarking on their end-of-season tour of Europe.

Smith’s absence will mean more chances for team scrum backs TJ Perenara, Brad Weber and Finlay Christie.

The All Blacks, leading the Rugby Championship standings with three consecutive wins, play their second game against Argentina in Brisbane on Saturday, following their 39-0 victory over the Pumas on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock has also chosen to stay home after the birth of his third child rather than join the team.

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