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Smith not thinking of retirement

 May 14,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

All Black centre Conrad Smith insists he has no plans of calling time on his career despite suffering another concussion.

Smith was knocked out 10 days ago against the Bulls, the second time this season he has been laid low by a concussion, having been forced off the field in the 'Canes season-opener against the Blues.

The 31-year-old has a history of concussions dating back to 2006 and there have been suggestions that the latest blow would lead to him stepping away from rugby.

However, speaking at a press conference in Wellington, Smith downplayed such rumours, insisting he had not suffered a serious concussion.

"No, not at the time. After that knock, within probably half an hour, I could remember everything about the day, right up until the tackle," he explained.

"Other people experience mass memory loss, guys get headaches, guys can't concentrate, they can't sleep. I had none of that.

"The days that followed, I felt really good - it surprised me a bit, but those are the main things you go on. But I'm obviously not going to take huge risks, and I don't want it to happen regularly."

Smith was on Tuesday included in Steve Hansen's All Black training squad, and the Kiwi mentor insists that the ball is in Smith's court regarding whether or not he will play.

"From the way he was jumping around on the sidelines the other night when the Hurricanes scored that try, he didn't look too bad," said Hansen.

"With Conrad, we'll certainly ask him if he's ready to play. If he says he's not right then he won't play."

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