14 Apr 2012

RFU yet to contact Smith over coaching job

9:24 am on 14 April 2012

According to overseas media the Former All Black coach Wayne Smith says he has yet to be contacted by England Rugby about filling the vacant England backs coaching job.

The RFU have been forced to widen their search for a backs coach after Andy Farrell decided to remain with Premiership champions Saracens instead of resuming the role he played in Stuart Lancaster's England backroom staff during the Six Nations.

Smith is widely considered to be the best in the global game and the RFU have been linked with a move for the Waikato Chiefs coach.

If Lancaster wants Smith then the RFU would have to convince the former Northampton director of rugby to leave New Zealand.

But Smith says he hasn't heard from them yet and says he's happy in New Zealand at the moment.

He says he's not desperate to coach overseas although one day he'd like to be in the Test arena again.

Unless circumstances change, Smith would not be available for England's summer tour of South Africa due to his commitments with the Chiefs.