Former New Zealand full-back Ben Smith has denied speculation that he will rejoin the Highlanders.
Smith joined Top 14 side Pau after the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year, bringing an end to his illustrious All Blacks career.
There has been talk the 33-year-old could be on his way back to the Highlanders for the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
However, Smith says he will be no more than a spectator when his former club resumes action after the Super Rugby season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He posted on Instagram: “Super Rugby Aotearoa looks like a great concept
“I’m looking forward to supporting the Highlanders and watching them give it a crack. I’m not sure where the speculation has come from but I won’t be playing in this year’s competition.
“I’m looking forward to getting alongside my club side in Green Island and getting back to grassroots where it all started.”
The Super Rugby Aotearoa, featuring the Highlanders, Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Crusaders, starts on June 13.