Ben Smith out for 6-8 weeks with hamstring strain

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Rugby,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 2:10PM
An injured Ben Smith of the Highlanders is observed during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs. (Photo / Photosport)
An injured Ben Smith of the Highlanders is observed during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs. (Photo / Photosport)

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is expected to miss between eight and ten weeks of rugby after suffering a high hamstring strain last weekend.

Smith was the major concern from the Highlanders' 31-all draw with the Chiefs in Dunedin on Saturday night, requiring assistance to limp off in the second half.

Running at speed in the open field, Smith went down awkwardly after slipping into front-on tackle from Chiefs loose forward Luke Jacobson. As Smith slipped, his leg straightened and he couldn't regain his footing before being taken to ground.

Smith also suffered a head knock in the collision, leading to blood streaming down his face. The 75-test All Black's ailments would have caused concern for fans and selectors alike, especially considering the All Blacks have already lost Damian McKenzie for this year's World Cup.