Brandon Smith nearly missed out on touring with New Zealand at the Rugby League World Cup after his passport was stolen during Mad Monday celebrations.
The Kiwi international was saved when he received a call from the police, while he attended an awards night for the final time as a Melbourne Storm player.
“I’m surprised I answered the phone call though, I’m not really fond of answering a phone call from the police station,” Smith said while appearing on The Bye Round podcast with James Graham.
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“I was at the awards night and I got the phone call and I was like ‘what the hell?’
“I just thought my passport was at my house where it normally is. It turns out it was at the cop station in Shepparton, which is two and a half hours out of Melbourne.”
Smith had to wake up early in the morning and make the journey to retrieve his passport, with the New Zealand side preparing to leave for England shortly afterwards.
“I had a pretty big drive. I woke up at 4am and drove there and drove back,” he said.
The 26-year-old revealed that the case of the missing passport originated outside a pub in Melbourne, where the Storm hosted their Mad Monday celebrations.
“I left my car outside the pub because- responsible,” Smith said.
“I didn’t go back to get my car for about three days. When I went back to get it all the doors were open, the boot was open and all of my clothes were scattered up the road.
“I know why – I won’t say his name – but he left my car unlocked after I let him borrow some jeans.
“My golf clubs were missing and I just assume some bastard took my passport with him. So, I’m grateful for the Shepparton police station.”
Smith went into further detail around the incident explaining how a Storm teammate needed a change of clothes in order to go on to another establishment with the rest of the group.
“They had shorts on, so I let them go to my car, gave them the keys, and they grabbed a pair of jeans out and they’ve not locked it,” Smith said.
“I still haven’t let him know that this has all happened, but it was him…it was Chris Lewis,” he laughed.
Although Smith was fully aware that he had been in danger of missing the tournament in the UK if he hadn’t been able to locate his passport.
“I was pretty stuffed if I didn’t get that phone call, to be honest,” Smith said.