All Blacks great Smith confirmed he will hang up the boots for good after seeing out the French club season with Pau.

The 36-year-old centre was among a hardened core of All Blacks to retire from the international game after clinching the 2015 World Cup – the second global trophy triumph for Smith.

A consistently impressive performer across 94 Tests and a stalwart of the Hurricanes, he said he had begun to consider his post-rugby options.

“I’m going to finish up this year and I think I will spend a year or two either doing a little bit of work with International Rugby Players, but also within rugby itself and the coaching set-up and see what I like,” Smith told Irish website The42.

“While I was playing, it was cool that I could do it (working with the players’ associations) and it was something a little bit different outside of rucks and the tactics of the game.”