All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has received a one game suspension after he was seen entering a disabled toilet with a female after New Zealand’s Rugby Championship game against Springboks in Christchurch last month.
At a press conference this morning in Durban, coach Steve Hansen said he learned about the incident once the team arrived in South Africa.
“On the Sunday in Christchurch after the South African test at the Christchurch Airport, Aaron and a female friend were seen by members of the public to enter the disabled toilets. On our arrival to South Africa we were informed of this.
“I had a conversation with Aaron on Tuesday and he confirmed the story.
“As a result of that the leadership group met and were unanimous in the fact that behaviour wasn’t acceptable and as a consequence a one match suspension would be put in place.
“Clearly Aaron is bitterly disappointed with his behaviour and feels he has let the team down but just as importantly feels he is bitterly disappointed in letting his family and partner down.
“At his request he has asked to go home to deal with the personal matters that have come with this incident and we have been only too happy to support him in that.” [Stuff.co.nz]