Highlanders and All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has spoken about the concussion that has seen him miss the majority of his side's 2017 Super Rugby campaign so far.
Smith came off after a head injury after a contest with Damian McKenzie in the Highlanders opening round clash with the Chiefs, where it was later revealed that Smith had suffered his fourth concussion in less than five years.
"I lost a wee bit of memory straight after it," Smith told Fairfax.
"The next few days were a bit tough but it cleared up and came right."
The Highlanders have so far struggled without the security of Smith at the back, losing to the Crusaders in the last minute in round two, before a vital first win of 2017 against the Blues at Eden Park Last week.
However, despite the ordeal, Smith is undeterred when it comes to taking the high ball, something his career for club and country has become renowned for.
Ben Smith of the Highlanders receives medical treatment
"I realise that's just part of the game and there's always going to be things that happen that don't always go as planned," he told Fairfax.
The fullback also missed two games in the 2016 Super Rugby season with a concussion.
Smith will start in the number 15 jersey, as well as captain the Highlanders, in their round four fixture with the Hurricanes in Wellington tonight.