Smith to face Pumas

Conrad Smith has recovered from an eye injury and is likely to start in the centres against Argentina.

According to Fairfax NZ, Smith is back in the mix after returning from eye surgery. All Black attack coach Ian Foster said Smith would resume his partnership with Ma’a Nonu, a combination that was in place when New Zealand won the 2011 World Cup.

‘He [Smith] brings lots of leadership, he brings a lot of experience to the decision making part of the game, particularly in the backs,’ said Foster.

‘He’ll be good for that and particularly I think him and Ma’a getting back together [in the midfield] after a while could be interesting.’

The inclusion of both Nonu and Smith in the starting side is made easier by the absence of Sonny Bill Williams, who is now playing club rugby in Japan.