Smith warned after lying

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by Beth Newman

New Zealand Rugby has handed Aaron Smith a written warning, after closing an investigation into his off-field trysts for the second time.

Text messages that emerged in August showed Smith had lied when a toilet tryst in Christchurch Airport was revealed.

At the time, the halfback said it was a one-off event, but the messages showed that was not the case, with Smith discussing the woman signing a 'sworn afterdavided (sic)' to back up his public story.

The investigator said, in a statement released on Saturday, 'while there were some inconsistencies between his account at the time and the information reported by media, this did not have any material impact on the outcome of the original hearing.'

New Zealand Rugby CEO  Steve Tew said in a statement that Smith would be warned over his dishonesty.

"Being honest, particularly in a disciplinary proceeding, is critically important for any employer and that is certainly the case with NZR," he said.

"To reinforce this point, we have issued Aaron Smith with a formal written warning.”

Smith is on the end of year tour with the All Blacks.