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Smith backs Lancaster for England job

Wayne Smith, the New Zealand attack specialist tipped for a role in the England set-up, expects Stuart Lancaster to be given the full-time head coach's job.

Lancaster, who led England through the Six Nations on an interim basis, and Nick Mallett were interviewed by the Rugby Football Union on Thursday. Smith did not apply for the head coach's job, but he is keen on a return to international rugby, having helped the All Blacks' World Cup triumph last year alongside Graham Henry and Steve Hansen.

"I assume Stuart Lancaster will get the England job. I also assume he will be able to get Andy Farrell out of his Saracens contract and keep (Graham) Rowntree on board," Smith wrote in a blog on

"That is what I think will happen, but it is win-win for England at the moment because I also have huge respect for Nick Mallett's abilities. I await the puff of smoke with interest."

Smith, who is seen as one of the best attack coaches in the game, has put on record his interest in working with England. He coached alongside Mallett in last year's Help For Heroes charity match at Twickenham.

Press Association Sport understands he has not had any contact with the RFU.

"I have been asked, with reference to England, if a number of strong coaches can work together," said Smith.

"It can work, but your beliefs and philosophies need to be aligned.

"Could I work with Lancaster? I don't know the man, I like where I am at the moment, but I respect what he has achieved. And is that question the right way round?"


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