All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has made an emotional statement after revelations that he had behaved inappropriately in Christchurch last month.
Smith received a one game suspension after he was seen entering a disabled toilet with a female after New Zealand’s Rugby Championship game against the Springboks.
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.