16 May 2013

Conrad Smith never considered retirement after concussion

6:23 am on 16 May 2013

The Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith never considered retiring from rugby after suffering concussion in a game against the Bulls.

Smith was knocked out for almost a minute after attempting to tackle an opposition player, prompting concerns the All Blacks centre may have to rethink his playing future.

The 31-year-old has suffered head knocks in the past, blacking out in a match in 2010 and failing a pitch-side concussion test earlier this season.

Smith says he never felt like the latest knock was career-threatening and felt fine in the days immediately after the incident.

He will not play for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs this Friday, but expects to return against the Brumbies following their bye.