Wayne Smith mulls England coach role
Former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith is to spend the next few days thinking over the opportunity to join the England rugby coaching team.
The Kiwi has set himself a deadline of ten days to decide what he wants to do after meeting head coach Stuart Lancaster in Durban, South Africa.
He told the New Zealand Herald: "I've got some major considerations to make over the next ten days,'' noting that his family has recently moved from Christchurch to the Waikato area where he grew up.
Other issues on his mind are his club side the chiefs and the question of whether he could a side prepare to play against New Zealand after his years of trying to guide the All Blacks to success.
If he does join the England staff, fans enjoying corporate hospitality when England take on New Zealand in one of the QBE Internationals at Twickenham on December 1st will find out how Smith copes with the prospect.
Hopes that the coaching side that guided England through the Six Nations could stay together permanently were dashed earlier this month, when Andy Farrell decided to stay at Saracens.
By Ted Walker