Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Smith's kids fight over World Cup bronze medal after All Blacks' win

Departing All Blacks utility Ben Smith admits there are "feeling of sadness" that his days representing New Zealand are now over. 

In his 84th and final test, Smith scored two of the All Blacks' six tries, as they beat Wales 40-17 in the bronze final in Tokyo. 

He made his All Blacks debut in 2009 and primarily played at fullback, but found himself on the wing in the later stages of his career. 

While Smith was disappointed not end his career as a World Cup champion, he was pleased to spend his final moments with his kids.

As the All Blacks strolled up onto the podium to collect their bronze medals, Smith's kids accepted the medal on behalf of their father. 

"It was a bit of a fight between my daughter [Annabelle] and my son [Walte] to see who took it," Smith said, with a smile on his face. 

"They enjoyed getting out there and I think that's what this game is about - bringing people along for the ride.

"My family's a big part of what I do. It's good to have the family out there, have them run around and enjoy just being kids.

"They were pretty pumped to put a medal around their neck, but obviously not quite what we were after."

Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Smith's kids fight over World Cup bronze medal after All Blacks' win

Smith has previously spoken about spending time with his kids and during the Super Rugby season, Annabelle assisted her dad on waterboy duties with the Highlanders. 

Smith now heads to France, where he'll link up with former All Blacks Luke Whitelock, Colin Slade, Tom Taylor and Benson Stanley at Pau. 

After 10 years with the All Blacks, Smith said it would be nice sitting back and watching the team work towards the 2023 World Cup in France. 

"There are feelings of sadness. I played a lot of rugby with some good mates in this team and I had some good memories. 

"There is a bit of sadness and a bit of excitement of what comes next. I'll leave with good memories and I know it's the right time to move on - it feels right.

"I'm looking forward to sitting back and watching the All Blacks, and some top talent that's coming through to represent our country."

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