Ben Smith expected to make Rugby World Cup

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 11:40AM
Ben Smith was injured over the weekend. (Photo / Photosport)

Highlanders and All Black fullback Ben Smith may have played his last game for the Highlanders, but he should be fine for the World Cup. 

Smith has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a high hamstring injury gained in the last 10 minutes of the side's draw with the Chiefs on Saturday night.

His Super Rugby season is over, but All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster is confident he will be ready for the Rugby World CuP.

hE told Radio Sport Breakfast that they were quickly in contact with the Highlanders team to find out how Smith was. 

"We got some information very quickly about where the body was at, and reassured us reasonably quickly

Foster says that they know there will be injuries, and the first thought they have is whether the player's are alright. 

"In the cold light of day, we've found out it's a significant injury but one that's going to get him back in time."

He says that they are "99 per cent sure" that Smith will come along to the boot camps in preparation for the Rugby World Cup. 

"He's a pretty important part of the whole team, so we're pretty desperate to have him here." 

Smith, who has played more than 150 games for the Highlanders, is playing his final season with the Highlanders before heading to France after the World Cup to play for Pau.