Manawatu told Aaron Smith won't be available

By Alecia Rousseau -
Aaron Smith in action for Manawatu. Photo / Getty
Aaron Smith in action for Manawatu. Photo / Getty

Disgraced halfback Aaron Smith won't be featuring for the Manawatu Mitre 10 Cup side during his one-match suspension from the All Blacks.

Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive John Knowles said it wasn't a matter for his union to be concerned with.

He said the incident was at a New Zealand Rugby level and any consequences were out of their hands.

"What I can say though is that he will not be available for the Turbos. When NZR called me yesterday about the incident, I did ask about his availability to play but they said no."

He said the club would now sit tight and wait for the outcome of the discipline hearing scheduled for next week.

"It's obviously disappointing what has happened, but of course we are happy it wasn't out of our camp. But it's disappointing Aaron would get himself involved in something like this that would generate bad publicity for the game."

Smith had been a great ambassador for Manawatu Rugby, he said, noting the halfback's ability to interact well with fans and local charities.

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