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Smith cleared of concussion problem

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Lynn McConnell     06 Jul 2017     Getty Images

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Smith had some tests done over the last seven or eight days in Dunedin and had been cleared of concussion.

"He doesn't have a concussion problem, he wasn't knocked out.



"What he does have is an inner ear malfunction which is causing him to get a bit of vertigo and dizziness. That's now cleared and that's great news for him and Katy," Hansen said.

"It takes a weight off their shoulders knowing that what we've deemed to think was concussion two or three times this year was actually another problem which they've now been able to identify and start to medicate him and fix which is great news," he said.

As a result Smith rejoined the side in Auckland was taking part in their pre-Test training before the series decider on Saturday.

Hansen said that wing Waisake Naholo had recovered from concussion he suffered in the second Test in Wellington but the side's medical advisors had deemed it was best he sit this weekend out in order to have a better recovery.

He added that wing Rieko Ioane had not been considered for selection because he had been ill all week and it would not be fair for him to play not having the chance to work on the team's game plan during their preparation.