Smith blow for All Blacks

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith has been ruled out for six weeks with an eye injury.

Smith recently underwent treatment to his left eye to repair a detached retina. He is not expected to return to training for at least six weeks, which means he will miss at least two matches of the Rugby Championship.

Sonny Bill Williams has decided to leave New Zealand rugby at the end of the current Super Rugby season, and so is also unavailable for the Rugby Championship. What this means is that the All Blacks will play those first two Tests against the Wallabies without their first-choice centre pairing.