Smith to make low-key return

2014-07-30 08:22
Conrad Smith (Getty Images)

Wellington - Injured All Blacks centre Conrad Smith will make his return to the field after recovering from a broken thumb in a rare outing for his provincial side Wellington on Friday.

The 32-year-old injured the thumb during last month's Test series against England and missed the third match, with rookie Malakai Fekitoa making his first start at centre in the 36-13 victory.

Smith was named in Steve Hansen's All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship on Monday, indicating he would be available for the first clash against Australia in Sydney on August 16.

The 77-cap Smith, however, will work his way back to match fitness by appearing for Wellington against Manawatu in a pre-season provincial match on Friday.

Smith has played just 38 matches for Wellington since making his debut in 2004.

He will then play in the All Blacks' 'game of three halves' next week in Auckland, where the test squad will play 40 minutes each against provincial sides North Harbour and Northland, who then play one half of rugby against each other.

"Hopefully two halves of rugby will be enough to get me back up to speed," he told Fairfax Media in Auckland at an All Blacks camp.

"I've had a bit of a break. It's never bad when you've been playing for a while. You try to make the most of it.

"I enjoyed getting away from the game for a couple of weeks and being able to do some fitness work.

"The first couple of weeks I couldn't do much but the last fortnight I've been able to run around and train and I'm now hoping to get a game on Friday and get back into things."

Read more on:    all blacks  |  conrad smith  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Heyneke unveils his USA plan
Lancaster, Robshaw consider their futures
Foley destroys England's dream
Boks continue upward curve
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

The Springboks open their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign against Japan. How do you see the match ending?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.