Lancaster to hold Smith talks

by Setanta Staff , 21 April 2012

England coach Stuart Lancaster has flown to South Africa to try to persuade former All Black Wayne Smith to join his staff.

Smith was part of the coaching set-up that led the All Blacks to World Cup glory last year and is currently working with Super Rugby side the Chiefs who are in Durban to play the Sharks on Saturday.

Lancaster has reportedly made Smith his number one target after Andy Farrell, who assisted the Cumbrian during the recent Six Nations, decided to stay in his role as Head Coach at Saracens.

Smith is seen as one of the planet's premier attack coaches and has previously said he would be interested in taking a role with England as long as it would allow him to fulfil his commitments with the Chiefs.

Lancaster is keen to appoint the 17-cap All Black as part of his team and will be hopeful that Smith will be available to link-up with his side for the three-Test series against South Africa in the summer.

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