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Monday 24 April 2017

WATCH: Teary-eyed All Black Aaron Smith apologises to partner after being caught in toilet with 'female friend'

Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith
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All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith wept as he apologised to his partner Teagan Voykovich and her family after he was handed a one-match ban following an incident with a woman inside a public toilet.

Smith was spotted entering a toilet cubicle with a woman at Christchurch Airport minutes before the team were set to travel to Durban for Saturday's Rugby Championship game with South Africa .

According to an eye witness report published on New Zealand website, Stuff, Smith followed a woman in her twenties into a vacant toilet before emerging 10 minutes later.

All Black head coach Steve Smith has admitted he is bitterly disappointed with the 27-year-old's behaviour.

"He feels he has let the team, his family and his partner down", said New Zealand coach, Steve Hansen.

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All Black Aaron Smith (R) with partner Teagan Voykovich

Smith has since apologised for the incident, admitting his behaviour was 'unacceptable'.

"I've made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgement. I'd firstly like to say a huge sorry to my partner Teagan, her family, my family," Smith said at a press conference in South Africa.

"My behaviour was unacceptable and if you could respect me and my partner in this situation. I'm just trying to get home to deal with this. Thank you," Smith added.

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