All Blacks star Aaron Smith has failed to obey New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s demand to self-isolate as part of coronavirus precaution measures. 

Smith, who is half-back for the Highlanders, returned to New Zealand on March 9 after playing a Super Rugby game against the Bulls in South Africa the day before. 

Ardern issued a strict 14-day self-isolation policy for anyone arriving from overseas six days later on March 15. 

Aaron Smith has been caught working out in a gym and training at team base despite coronavirus self-isolate restrictions (pictured with partner Teagan Voykovich) 

All Blacks star Aaron Smith has ignored New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s demand to self-isolate as part of coronavirus precaution measures 

On Wednesday, however, that was revised to say that anyone arriving from the beginning of March would need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Other Super Rugby teams such as the Chiefs and the Crusaders, who arrived back in New Zealand in mid-March, listened to the revised advice and enforced all players and team management to quarantine. 

Smith, however, was seen on social media in his gym and training at the Highlanders base. 

Highlanders CEO Roger Clarke said Smith and fellow player Liam Coltman who also returned on March 9 were both in good health and flouting the restrictions to self-isolate had been and oversight, according to TVNZ.  

Clarke said the stress of organising the other 36 players to self-isolate had caused him to miss ensuring Smith and Coltman were in quarantine. 

He said he would ensure they isolate for the remainder of their 14-days and would seek medical advice if that should be extended. 

None of the Highlanders players have shown any symptoms. 

Jacinda Ardern said anyone arriving in New Zealand from March 1 would need to self-isolate for 14 days 

All Blacks star Aaron Smith ignores Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s demand to self-isolate

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