28 May 2013

Conrad Smith to take sabbatical

12:36 pm on 28 May 2013

The All Black centre Conrad Smith will take a break from the game at the end of the year, missing the side's end of year tour to Europe.

Smith revealed his intentions at the end of the second All Blacks' training camp in Mt Maunganui today.

Smith hopes to be part of the All Blacks World Cup defence in 2015 and believes the time off will help him extend his career.

He says he'll be ready for the start of Super Rugby next year.