Wayne Smith turns down offer of coaching role with Stuart Lancaster and England

Posted: May 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

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The third one is having put the last eight years of my life into coaching the All Blacks and trying to win the World Cup, I'm going to have to search inside myself to see whether I could coach a team against them, Smith said.

Its not just going to any team, it's going to a team that over time will potentially challenge the All Blacks, so I've got to be clear in my mind that I could be a part of that.

Smiths decision to turn down England leaves Lancaster still searching for a permanent backs coach ahead of next months tour of South Africa.

The Rugby Football Union today confirmed that Mike Catt will join England's coaching staff for next month's tour as interim backs coach, having signed a two-month deal. Jon Callard and Simon Hardy will also join the coaching team for the three-Test tour.

Catt will join Stuart Lancaster's backroom team next week after completing his duties with London Irish after their final Aviva Premiership match against Gloucester on Saturday.

Lancaster said: Mike has played at the top level and is highly respected. He has done a great job at whilst coaching at London Irish and we are looking forward to working with him on this South Africa tour. He is experienced in playing in South Africa and this will be invaluable as we prepare for this challenging and exciting tour.

While Mike, Graham Rowntree and myself will lead on the coaching for the tour we will also have Jon Callard and Simon Hardy as part of the coaching team. Jon and Simon know the players well from their roles with the Saxons.

They will assist in the preparation and support to the midweek teams and they will provide excellent specialist support in their individual areas with Jon supporting our kickers and Simon our hookers throughout the whole squad.

Catt said he was hugely excited about the prospect of joining Lancasters coaching team.

I was very impressed with England during the Six Nations, not just the way they played but the culture that is developing, and hopefully I can complement what Stuart and Graham are doing. There are some talented young players coming through and the chance to work with them for the Barbarians game and the tour is really exciting.

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