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Conrad Smith to miss 3rd New Zealand-England test

June 16, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Center Conrad Smith will miss New Zealand’s third rugby test against England at Hamilton on Saturday and may be sidelined for the remainder of the Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his hand.

The injury, sustained during last weekend’s second test at Dunedin, may rule the 77-test veteran out of rugby for up to six weeks.

Coach Steve Hansen said the All Blacks will decide later this week whether Malakai Fekitoa or Ryan Crotty will start at center in Smith’s place. If New Zealand chooses Fekitoa it will be his first test start.

New Zealand clinched the three-test series 2-0 after winning the first test 20-15 and the second 28-27.

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