Wayne Smith takes up new position with Black Ferns and All Blacks

Legendary coach Wayne Smith will add to his adorned legacy inside New Zealand Rugby in a brand new position with each the Black Ferns and All Blacks.


New Zealand Rugby introduced on Friday that rugby guru Smith shall be “assist the respective head coaches and enhancing the standard of teaching supply” as a efficiency coach.

Smith, who gained two Rugby World Cups with the All Blacks and one other with the New Zealand ladies’s staff, has already begun working Black Ferns Director of Rugby Allan Bunting.

The rugby guru will return to the All Blacks in his new position after this 12 months’s Rugby World Cup in France when incoming head coach Scott Robertson takes up his place.

“I’ve a deep connection and love for any staff that wears the black jersey and notably the Black Ferns and the All Blacks,” Smith mentioned in an announcement.

“I even have robust relationships with the respective head coaches and lots of the gamers, so it appears like this position throughout the 2 groups is a pure match, and one the place I can hopefully add and contribute to each environments.

“It’s essential to think about totally different views and options as coaches.

“As we head into a brand new period of the sport, I’m an awesome believer within the significance of range, of relationships and of individuals. As a coach I’ve been very lucky to have been uncovered to that by means of my profession.”


After taking over the place of All Blacks head coach in 2000, Smith ended up leaving New Zealand a 12 months later to educate the Northampton Saints in England.

However after just a few years within the northern hemisphere, Smith returned to Aotearoa because the All Blacks assistant coach in 2004 – and stayed in that position by means of to the drought-breaking 2011 World Cup.

Smith returned to the All Blacks in 2015 after just a few years away, and was once more a part of World Cup successful staff as an assistant coach.

However Smith notched up arguably his biggest achievement as a coach final 12 months when he famously led the Black Ferns to a momentous World Cup triumph on house soil.


After successful the World Cup in entrance of a sold-out Eden Park crowd, Smith was later named World Rugby’s Coach of the Yr.

“Smithy’s enter and insights on the form of the sport and tendencies within the sport internationally shall be of huge profit to coaches and gamers, however extra tan his integrity, honesty, ardour for the jersey and take care of the legacy of the black jersey are invaluable,” NZR CEO Mark Robinson mentioned.

“We’re very lucky to have somebody of his calibre in our sport and concerned with our two high nationwide groups the Black Ferns and the All Blacks.

“I do know he’s excited and energised by the problem forward and I’m assured our gamers, followers and stakeholders will really feel the identical means.”