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Tearful Smith apologises for toilet tryst

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/10/2016

Shamed All Black halfback Aaron Smith has issued a tearful apology after details of his toilet tryst at Christchurch Airport were made public.

The 27-year-old has been stood down for one match from the All Blacks after the incident with a woman who was not his partner in a toilet cubicle on September 18 that left witnesses in no doubt that sexual activity was taking place.

He told media in Durban before flying home early from the South Africa trip that he had messed up.

"I've made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgment," the Highlanders No.9 said.

"I'd firstly like to say a huge sorry to my partner Teagan, her family, my family. I'm also sorry to my teammates, NZRU and the New Zealand fans.

"My behaviour was unacceptable and if you could respect me and my partner in this situation. I'm just trying to get home to deal with this."

NZ Rugby on Thursday night issued a plea to the media to respect the privacy of Teagan Voykovich and her family as they dealt with the matter.

A statement said she did not want to talk to media and the persistent attempts to contact her were causing her some distress.

Prime Minister John Key also weighed in on the incident, telling media Smith he had let himself down.

I think Aaron will feel pretty disappointed in himself," he said.

"He's let himself down, he's let the team down ... frankly he's embarrassed himself a bit."

The All Blacks play South Africa in Durban on Saturday.

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