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Thu Apr 24 01:34:28 SAST 2014

Conrad Smith out for six weeks with eye injury

Sapa-AP | 25 July, 2012 10:080 Comments
Super Rugby Rd 18 - Hurricanes v Chiefs
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes makes a break during the Super Rugby round 18 game between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium on July 13, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand
Image by: Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images

New Zealand center Conrad Smith will miss the opening rounds of the inaugural four-nation Rugby Championship after surgery to repair a detached retina.

The 30-year-old Smith, a veteran of 58 tests, is likely to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing two procedures to fix the injury which occurred while playing for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super 15 series.

He will miss New Zealand’s opening match in the Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney on August 18 and the return match in Auckland a week later. The new southern hemisphere rugby tournament also involves South Africa and Argentina.

Hurricanes doctor Ian Murphy said surgery went well and “at this stage he is expected to be out of training for six weeks.” 

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