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should be able to re­late to.

Here’s the thing about prostate cancer. If you’re 50 you should be get­ting checked.

If you have a fam­ily his­tory of it you should be get­ting checked from 40 on­wards.

Think you’re ex­empt be­cause you’re in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion? Think again.

Look at Smith. As re­cently as a few months ago he was get­ting stuck in at All Blacks train­ing, show­ing tackle tech­nique to 20-some­things weigh­ing more than 100 kilo­grams. He’s fit.

But this is not a scare story, it’s a good news story, be­cause there is an­other de­tail that needs to be in­cluded.

On the day be­fore Smith gave the in­ter­view to col­league Phil Gif­ford he was plan­ning to take the grand­kids to the zoo.

In the wake of Smith’s all­clear, the poignancy of that sim­ple act is strik­ing.

There will be now be a lot more vis­its to the zoo with the grand­kids be­cause of Smith’s early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment.

Of all the clever things that Smith has done dur­ing a long and bril­liant ca­reer, look­ing af­ter his health is the smartest.

So be like Smithy and get checked – you may never coach the All Blacks but you can still be a hero to your fam­ily.

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