Ireland Running out of Options as Smith Denies Link
Hewett, Chris, The Independent (London, England)
If England have too many candidates chasing too few top jobs - Martin Johnson, Jake White, Eddie Jones and Shaun Edwards have all been linked with a commander's role in the red-rose force, much to the bemusement of Brian Ashton, who quite reasonably feels he has done rather well these last few months - Ireland are fast running out of options in their pursuit of a successor to Eddie O'Sullivan, who jumped before being pushed last month.
Yesterday, it emerged in New Zealand that the richly experienced Wayne Smith had distanced himself from talk that he might be the man. "I've never been contacted by anyone, nor have I contacted anyone," said the former Northampton director of rugby, whose popularity in the East Midlands has not decreased one iota since his move back to All Black country before the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour. "I am categorically not in for the job. Steve Tew [the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's chief executive] mentioned this business to me, it came as a bit of a shock to be told about it. Someone has just manufactured a story."
Neither Smith nor Steve Hansen, the other assistant coach working with the All Blacks under Graham Henry, have agreed extensions to their current contracts, but the NZRFU is confident of tying up the loose ends in the next few weeks. Smith is showing every sign of putting pen to paper in good time for the arrival of England for a two-Test series in June. "It's just a housekeeping thing that I haven't got round to dealing with," he said. "I am committed to New Zealand."
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