27 Jun 2011

Wayne Smith to join Chiefs as assistant coach

5:25 pm on 27 June 2011

The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith says he wouldn't have felt right heading overseas straight after coaching the national side, so he's going to stay for another couple of years.

Smith will leave the All Blacks after 12 years to become the Chiefs assistant coach for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

He says he'll probably become a head coach again at some stage, but at the moment he's excited about helping the other two new Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie and Tom Coventry.

Smith was born in the Waikato town of Putaruru and says he's looking forward to returning to his roots.

Smith coached the All Blacks in 2000 and 2001 and after a stint overseas, he returned to the team in 2004 alongside Graham Henry and Steve Hansen and since then has helped coach the team to an 86 percent winning record.