Warren Alock has reportedly confirmed Ben Smith's eight tests sabbatical. According to the NZ Herald, Smith is likely to sit out eight tests as part of a long term plan.
Due to Ben Smith's injuries/ concussions forcing him to miss out on Super Rugby and B&I Tour this season so far, this plan is o ensure that he returns in mint condition and ready for 2018 season. The break will see him take 4 months off, meaning he will also miss out on End of the Year Tour.
More on the story: nzherald.co.nz