All Blacks and Highlanders star halfback Aaron Smith is set for an extended spell on the sidelines with an ankle sprain.
The 30-year-old sustained the injury late in the Highlanders’ 33-26 defeat to the Blues in Auckland last weekend and has ruled out of action for four to six weeks.
The loss of the 82-test veteran comes at a tough time for the Dunedin-based franchise with the side losing their last three consecutive matches following their 36-31 victory over the Reds in February.
Aaron Smith confirmed to be out for approximately 6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Speedy recovery Nug! Jack Stratton has been called into the squad to replace him. #HighlandersANDyou— Pulse Energy Highlanders (@Highlanders) March 27, 2019
Kayne Hammington is likely to be the man tasked with replacing the veteran halfback with teenager Folau Fakatava deputising on the bench while former Crusaders halfback Jack Stratton has been drafted into the squad as an injury replacement.
The Highlanders have the bye this week before they host the Hurricanes next Friday.