Friday 23 August 2019

All Blacks star forgot his wife was 37 weeks pregnant after bad concussion

All Blacks full-back Ben Smith
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All Blacks star Ben Smith has revealed that a concussion suffered in February this year was so bad that he forgot his wife was pregnant.

The devastating attacking threat endured a truncated season due to concussion issues, and after a particularly big collision during a Super Rugby warm-up game at the beginning of the year, Smith's memory was impacted.

Speaking to New Zealand Women's Weekly, Smith revealed that after the concussion, he didn't remember that his wife Katie was 37 weeks pregnant with their second child.

"I’d had quite a bad knock," Smith said.

"I couldn’t believe it [that she was pregnant]. It was like hearing it again for the first time!"

Smith's wife had to quickly remind him of the impending arrival.

"He goes, ’What are we going to do with two?'," she said.

"I said, ‘Mate, we haven’t got long to figure it out!'"

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Smith, a World Cup-winner with the All Blacks in 2015, was forced out of the first Lions test in June with another concussion, and was unable to play any further part after entering the return to play protocol.

He is currently on a sabbatical from international duty for the remainder of 2017.

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