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Smith set to return for Hurricanes against Reds

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith failed a concussion test against the Blues

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Article Published: Monday 25 February 2013|

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith looks set to play against the Reds in Brisbane this weekend's Super Rugby match on Friday against the Reds.

Smith left the field in the Hurricanes 20-34 loss to the Blues on Saturday and failed the pitch side concussion test which has been introduced to Super Rugby this season.

Smith was initially in doubt for the match against the former Super Rugby champions but Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has suggested that he is in line to return.

Hammett said that Smith had passed a psychometric test but he would have to undergo more tests would before the captain can be cleared to fly.

Hammett said that Smith would train on Monday and if he remained symptom free after that (no headaches) then he would gradually return to physical contact training.

"He's passed his concussion test, from there he will do a physical test and if he gets through that he will be all clear," Hammett told the Dominion Post.

"He's in pretty good shape, he's in pretty good spirits this morning."

Hammett would not comment on the incident which is thought to have happened in the 70th minute when he collided with Blues centre Rene Ranger.

"I don't know if he was concussed,"Hammett said.

"He got a knock, but he felt fine. He felt fine straight after the game when I was talking to him, but that doesn't always determine how bad a concussion is."

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