1 Dec 2008

Smith says he'll stay with the All Blacks

6:42 am on 1 December 2008

The All Black assistant coach Wayne Smith says he'll continue in his post despite being linked with a move to become head coach of Welsh regional side the Ospreys.

Smith, who for the past four years has been the All Blacks' backs coach, had voiced his concerns regarding the amount of time he was spending away from his wife Trish.

51-year-old Smith says he had to resolve some of the time away from home issues which he' done with NZRU chief executive Steve Tew and chairman Jock Hobbs.

He says he's probably got more ability now to control the peripheral activities of being an All Black coach, the high performance stuff.

Smith, whose contract runs until the end of 2009, says ultimately it comes down to the people he coaches with, the management team and the players.... they're special people and at the end of the day that's the most important thing in the game but sometimes you've got to remind yourself of that.