generic hexagon

Ex-All Blacks coach in cancer scare

  • 08 Jan 2018
Wayne Smith Wayne Smith

Former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Smith ended a highly-successful 20-year association with the All Blacks in October, but his diagnosis apparently played no part in his decision to step down.

However, Smith admitted that he kept the news largely to himself after an annual medical check-up saw the doctors pick up the presence of tumours.

'I was getting the blood tests about every six months,' he told Fairfax. 'It was high PSA [prostate specific antigen] levels that initially alerted the doctor.

'High levels don't automatically mean you've got cancer, but it is an alert, and it led to me getting a digital exam, and he then thought: "Hmm ... there's a hard spot there."

'Could have been nothing, but he sent me to the urologist. Then I had an MRI test [magnetic imaging scans], which showed up some tumours.

'Through the Rugby Championship I knew I had it, but I didn't really talk to anyone. The only one was the team doctor, Tony Page, and I didn't even tell him.'

Smith said he had successfully undergone surgery to remove the affected gland, and would be continuing his involvement in rugby with the Kobe Steelers club in Japan.

Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The Springboks hunt down England fullback Mike Brown

Boks can target embattled England

England’s dramatic fall from grace should provide an ideal opportunity for the Springboks to make a successful start to the Rassie Erasmus era in June, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Aphiwe Dyantyi

Six stars who have impressed

CRAIG LEWIS identifies six young players who may have caught the eye of Bok coach Rassie Erasmus after five rounds of Super Rugby.

Tim Agaba in SA Rugby magazine

Agaba’s out of Africa

Born in Uganda, Tim Agaba is making a name for himself in South Africa. This is his story, in his own words.

You may also like

Get our daily email update. Subscribe to the SA Rugby magazine newsletter: