Melbourne: All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith has chosen to stay in New Zealand to give birth to a second child, which could end the international season.
Test Centurion Smith said Wednesday that he may miss the rest of the Rugby Championship in Australia and may not work with the team on the Northern Hemisphere Tour.
Smith’s baby isn’t due to give birth until November, but I was worried that he might not be able to return home because of the increased likelihood of being assigned a hotel quarantine site as part of New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions.
He will instead compete in New Zealand’s national NPC competition.
“If our baby comes early, the door to joining the (All Blacks) team for the North Tour isn’t completely closed,” the 32-year-old said in a team release.
“I am open to anything that can happen in this environment.
“But now I want to be here with my family, enjoy the time and focus on playing Manawatu. I can’t wait to put on my boots again.”
After the Rugby Championship, New Zealand will head to Washington on October 23 to face the United States and embark on an end-of-season European tour.
Smith’s absence means more chances for team scrum-half TJ Perenara, Brad Weber and Finlay Christie.
The All Blacks are in the lead with three consecutive victories, beating Puma on the Gold Coast 39-0 and then playing their second match against Argentina in Brisbane on Saturday.
New Zealand’s Rock Sam Whitelock also chose to stay home after the birth of his third child, rather than joining the Rugby Championship team.
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