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Statement on Aaron Smith

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allblacks.com     06 Oct 2016     Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “This was really bad decision-making by Aaron which reflects poorly on him, and on the team.”

Smith will face a misconduct hearing on his return to New Zealand.

He has failed to meet the standards that New Zealand Rugby and the public expect of our players.

“We are taking action to improve the culture of our game and are about to embark on an independent review of respect and responsibility in our professional player environment. We have drafted the terms of reference and are currently talking to prospective panel members. We will provide an update on this shortly.”

Given the misconduct process, it is not appropriate for New Zealand Rugby to comment further at this time.