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Smith reveals interest in England

New Zealand's World Cup-winning attack coach Wayne Smith has confirmed he would consider a role in a new-look England management team.

Nick Mallett is the favourite to replace Martin Johnson as England head coach, with Smith seen by many as the ideal right-hand man because of his All Blacks experience.

Smith is committed to working with the Waikato Chiefs for the Super 15 season, which ends in September, but he is keen on a return to international rugby, telling TV3 in New Zealand: "There are always opportunities on the table. It is my craft and it is my profession. If it (a job with England) ever came along I'd have to have a look at it, but certainly not in the next six months."

The former Northampton director of rugby was reportedly approached by the Rugby Football Union when he linked up with Mallett for the Help for Heroes charity match.

And Smith added: "I'd like to coach Test match rugby again as a head coach or within an environment like we had (in the All Blacks). It was like being head coach, you had the same accountabilities."

Smith has signed a two-year deal to work as assistant coach with the Chiefs but head coach Dave Rennie confirmed they would not hold him to it.

"It was a real coup getting Smithy in the first place. He signed a two-year deal but our view has been that if he got the opportunity to coach international rugby again we would not stand in his way at all," Rennie said.

The RFU are currently finalising the interim management team that will take charge of England for the Six Nations, with Stuart Lancaster considered favourite to be the caretaker head coach.


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