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1 Nov, 2019 5:29am

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Ben Smith, a 33-year-old All Black about to play his 84th and final test, a self-confessed “battler from Green Island” in Dunedin, an extraordinary player over many years who made few age-group rugby teams as a kid, is sitting in the Conrad Hilton in Tokyo and is being asked to reflect on his career.

This cannot be easy. Smith is a funny and engaging character who never normally gives much away in the glare of the media spotlight and this is a difficult time for all 31 All Blacks at the World Cup as they attempt to process a disappointment

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