He's tackled some of rugby's toughest men, but today Conrad Smith faces a different challenge altogether - marriage.
And there won't be any team talks before the All Blacks centre walks down the aisle and into the arms of his future wife, Leanne Snowdon, near the tiny Taranaki town of Urenui.
The pair will be tying the knot at the leafy venue, surrounded by bush and just metres away from the crashing waves of wild Onaero beach, 30 kilometres east of New Plymouth.
Snowdon is a former New Plymouth Girls' High student and Smith also spent his school days in the coastal city, attending Francis Douglas Memorial College.
A manager at the location of the wedding told Fairfax she could "not possibly confirm or deny" the identity of the couple who were to be married today, or reveal any details about the ceremony.
But there won't be any fellow All Blacks in the crowd, as the rest of the team prepare to fly to Europe on Monday. Smith, 32, is currently one month into a six-month sabbatical.
And his Wellington Lions team-mates won't be there, as they are playing the ITM Cup final against Canterbury at Westpac Stadium tonight.
Earlier this week, Smith joked to an audience at a community breakfast in Stratford about the pitfalls of organising a wedding.
"I've got a wedding to prepare for and I know there are a fair few fathers who have been through that and all you little ones can look forward to it one day," he said. "I'm telling you, it's over-rated."
He and Snowdon have travelled the world together, with a three-month trip in 2012 taking them to Bolivia, Peru, the Netherlands and Sweden.
They also went on a week-long visit to a Kenyan refugee camp, where 900 displaced families were living in "patchwork" tents as a result of the brutal tribal violence during the 2007 elections.
Smith Faifax last year that the couple spent a week at the camp - and by the end of it the orphans were calling them Mum and Dad.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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