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Aaron Smith will not join the All Blacks in Australia.
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship.
Smith stayed in New Zealand to be with his family awaiting the birth of his second child.
Instead of travelling to Australia, he will link up with Manawatū and play in the NPC.
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“There’s a silver lining here about not being with the All Blacks,” Smith said.
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“I’m only five games short of 50 for the Turbos and excited about hopefully making that milestone.”
Smith said the unlikelihood of getting an MIQ spot to return to New Zealand for the birth was the reason he did not travel to Australia.
His baby isn’t due until November, but he said he did not want to risk not being there for the birth.
“The door isn’t completely closed to me joining the team for the Northern Tour if our baby comes early,” he said.
“In this environment anything can happen so I’ve got an open mind. At the moment though, I just want to focus on being here with my family and enjoying that time and playing for Manawatū.
“I can’t wait to get the boots on again.”