Wayne Smith re-signs with New Zealand Rugby



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    Wayne Smith re-signs with New Zealand Rugby
    Wayne Smith has recommitted to the All Blacks for two more years.
    As reported by Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch on Saturday, Smith will now stay on New Zealand Rugby's books until the end of the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017.
    Smith said after initially deciding to take a break following last year's successful Rugby World Cup campaign, conversations over the summer break with All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen had convinced him to continue with the team.
    "Steve presented a pretty compelling case, especially with the team facing the challenge of rebuilding and continuing its growth this year. It was a huge campaign last year and I was ready for a break, but I realised that it would be an exciting time to still to be involved.
    "I love this team and want to do everything I can to help them succeed. It's going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to it," Smith said.
    Last month it was reported that English club side Harlequins was aggressively pursuing Smith as a head coach option.

    Was hoping to open the article and see he was returning to the Chiefs. Oh well, I guess the All Blacks will have to do. I wonder if Foster feels marginalized when they bring in the world's best backs coach to help out.



  • I wonder if Foster feels marginalized when they bring in the world's best backs coach to help out.

    Smith is in charge of defence so there is no conflict.  Good news.



  • Wayne Smith to stay with All Blacks - http://www.allblacks.com/News/28902/wayne-smith-to-stay-with-all-blacks

    Widely-respected All Blacks coach Wayne Smith has recommitted to the All Blacks for two more years, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed today.
     
    Smith, whose involvement with the All Blacks stretches back to 1998, re-joined the All Blacks last year, with a focus on defence and turnover attack. He will continue with those areas and also take on a more expanded role working on skills coaching, together with Assistant Coach Ian Foster, following the departure of Skills Coach Mick Byrne.
    Smith said after initially deciding to take a break following last year's successful Rugby World Cup campaign, conversations over the summer break with All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen had convinced him to continue with the team.
    "Steve presented a pretty compelling case, especially with the team facing the challenge of rebuilding and continuing its growth this year. It was a huge campaign last year and I was ready for a break, but I realised that it would be an exciting time to still to be involved. I love this team and want to do everything I can to help them succeed. It's going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to it," Smith said.
    Steve Hansen said: "It goes without saying that I'm over the moon to have 'Smithy' recommit to the All Blacks. He's rightly recognised as one of the world's best coaches. What he brings to the table is invaluable to the All Blacks, and he's highly respected by everyone in our group and throughout the world.
    "We had one of the best defensive records at the Rugby World Cup, which Smithy drove, and it's an area I'd like him to continue to be responsible for. I would expect that Smithy will also play a part in covering some of Mick's skill work along with 'Fozzy' (Ian Foster).
    "Smithy's strength is not just in coaching, but also what he brings to the wider team environment. We have a big couple of years coming up and his input will certainly enhance the coaching group and the overall team. Together with Fozzy and 'Crono' (Forwards Coach Mike Cron), I'm very confident that we have signed three coaches who are the best in the world at what they do, so our coaching group is looking very strong once again. They, along with the rest of the management team, will give the players a great starting point going forward into the new chapter of this All Blacks team."
    NZR CEO Steve Tew also welcomed Smith's re-signing: "We all know just how outstanding he is as a coach; he's one of the best. We also know he is sought after by numerous teams around the world, so we are delighted he has decided to stay with us.
    "With the All Blacks coaching and management structure now finalised, the team can look forward to planning for this year and beyond. That work has already started, and with this year's new season followed by the British & Irish Lions next year, we are in for two big years of All Blacks rugby."

    A few brief interviews with Smith: https://soundcloud.com/allblacks



  • I've been a massive fan of the Professor's work and philosophy of Rugby over the years. Fantastic that he had re-signed with the NZRU and will be working to make the All Blacks even more successful.



  • Hopefully they can look at bringing Tony Brown in as attack coach and Fozzie can be in charge of mixing the Gatorade.



  • Hopefully they can look at bringing Tony Brown in as attack coach and Fozzie can be in charge of mixing the Gatorade.



  • Best rugby news of the week for me. I also another who is a huge fan of the professor!! Now if they can talk him into taking over ABs after Hansen is finished........



  • Smith is in charge of defence so there is no conflict. Good news.

    Backs play some defence at least in this incarnation of the team.
    In all seriousness given turnover ball is so key to our attacking game I'd say the two have more crossover than appears on the surface.



  • "Steve presented a pretty compelling case, especially with the team facing the challenge of rebuilding and continuing its growth this year. It was a huge campaign last year and I was ready for a break, but I realised that it would be an exciting time to still to be involved. I love this team and want to do everything I can to help them succeed. It's going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to it," Smith said.

    With that, the NZRU could look him up for ever. Marvellous.



  • you'd think he'd have been offered some serious coin from overseas too, so all the better for the NZRU.
     
    Out of interest, anyone have any idea how the NZRU would be on protecting any intellectual property Smith or any coaches have when they leave, given it must be a tough industry to try and enforce a restraint of trade clause in your contract (ie you cannot work for any other top tier International side)



  • Smith is a good mate of mines uncle.
     
    Apparently he had a huge offer on the table with Northampton. Was going to sign, but Hansen was extremely persistent.



  • Backs play some defence at least in this incarnation of the team.
    In all seriousness given turnover ball is so key to our attacking game I'd say the two have more crossover than appears on the surface.

    I'd say Smith spends just as much time with the forwards (especially the loosies) as he does with the backs on counter-attacking options and the identification of space.
     
    I know Foster is criticised here, particularly from us Chiefs fans, but Hansen has been quoted as saying that Foster runs the AB practices and he (Hansen) oversees proceedings. The main thing is that the coaches work well together and complement eachother.  It appears that Smith and Foster will now share the Mick Byrne skills duties.



  • holy fuck, i just realised Ian Foster won a world cup. that's seriously fucked up.



  • you'd think he'd have been offered some serious coin from overseas too, so all the better for the NZRU.
     
    Out of interest, anyone have any idea how the NZRU would be on protecting any intellectual property Smith or any coaches have when they leave, given it must be a tough industry to try and enforce a restraint of trade clause in your contract (ie you cannot work for any other top tier International side)

    Maybe theres a standown period for someone like Mick Byrne before they can assist another test side? I remember reading the abs got first call on some software they use to analyse post match and it wasn't offered to other teams until there was an upgrade which the abs again got first.


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