Smith’s going nowhere

Wayne Smith has turned down a coaching position with the England Test team.

The World Cup-winning assistant coach had been touted as a possible backline coach of England, but on Tuesday it was confirmed that Smith had turned down the Rugby Football Union’s offer.

Smith is currently working with the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition. He said the decision to remain in New Zealand was personal.

‘I do also feel some loyalty to the Chiefs and the job that I have with them and leaving after eight months when I have a year left on my contract did not feel right,’ said Smith.

‘I was very impressed with Stuart [Lancaster] when I met him. He is an outstanding individual and will be a great plus for England rugby and anyone who works in his team will be very fortunate.

‘England have some fantastic young players and the opportunity to work with them ahead of the 2015 World Cup was very appealing. It was an incredibly difficult decision but ultimately I have decided to stay in New Zealand, mainly for personal reasons.

‘I took the job with the Chiefs so I could move nearer to elderly parents. I have travelled the globe with rugby for the last 15 years and I want to fulfil my commitment to be closer to them.’