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Smith revealed his son was born on the same day he was named in the World Cup squad.
Doting new dad Aaron Smith says if it wasn’t for the World Cup, he would be skipping All Blacks tour duty.
The 86-test halfback admits he’s “still buzzing” after just last week he and fiancée Teagan Voykovich welcomed son Luka into the world on the same day as New Zealand’s World Cup squad was announced.
But the 30-year-old has made the swift transition from burping and nappies to burpees and naps, after linking up with the Japan-bound squad in Hamilton for Saturday’s test against Tonga.
“It was a pretty short stint, but it was primo,” Smith said of fatherhood so far. “It’s changed my world.
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“I’m so happy he’s here. When Teagan was pregnant and I was away, it was so hard, I couldn’t help here, I couldn’t do anything. But now I know that Teagan’s got Luka to hold and look after, distract her from me being away, it’s great.
“It was tough leaving. If it wasn’t a World Cup I would’ve probably stayed home, if it was an end of year tour or something. But I’m very excited to be here and what we’re embarking on in the next couple of months.”
Rather fittingly, the two big things Smith set out to achieve at the start of the year, ended up happening on the same day – August 28 – with his second World Cup selection along with his dad debut, with the latter already making him feel more at ease.
“Yeah, the tension I had going into
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