Conrad Smith out for six weeks

2012-07-25 08:31

Sydney - The All Blacks' midfield stocks have taken a further blow with Conrad Smith sidelined for around six weeks following eye surgery.

According to the website, Smith will miss the first phase of the Rugby Championship which kicks off with a Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Sydney on August 18. He will almost certainly miss the rematch in Auckland a week later.

Hurricanes doctor Ian Murphy confirmed Smith's problems today.

"Conrad had two procedures on his left eye for a retinal detachment last week, with the second on Friday. They both went well and he is now recovering at home. At this stage he is expected to be out of training for six weeks," Dr Murphy said in a statement.

Smith's absence comes on the back of the long-term shoulder problem for Chiefs' centre Richard Kahui and the impending departure of second-five Sonny Bill Williams.

The 30-year-old Smith, who has played 58 Tests since 2004, has become the first choice No 13 in the All Blacks. He was part of the World Cup winning side and was involved in all three Tests against Ireland in June.

The All Blacks selectors are due to name a wider training squad to attend a two-day camp in Wellington next week.


  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:32

    first! his teeth are horrific too

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 08:37


      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-25 09:14

      coming from a man who is not so good looking either??lol. yes conrad's absence would be a setback however it does provide an opening to bring others in like fruen , cotty and a few others. Im sure the AB coaches have suitable contenders for his position and sbw's. Going to be an interesting few weeks as things unfold.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:38

      bud im ripped, buff, tan, hair like a model, face like a playa, rhymes like eminem and a bm kompressor.

  • cape.maori - 2012-07-25 08:37

    Another big blow to the rugby world champions! Snake, best wishes and a speedy recovery! One of the unsung heroes in the AB backline, solid defender, excellent organiser, brilliant attacking abilities and just a good bloke!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-07-25 12:06

      This is what happens if you run into Jonathan Kaplan - SA refs are made of solid stuff - not like the Bryces of the world.

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 12:31

      @Press - what a stupid comment!

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-07-25 09:15

    Wow...this is a big blow for the all blacks..first richard kahui then tomati ellisom now conrad smith..conrad is a very good leader and the men in black will surely miss him but this could be a major boost for robbie fruean who've been living in the shadows for so long

  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-07-25 14:23

    Give that man a Bells!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:10

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