Attack coach Brian Smith has stepped down from his position following yesterday’s revelations in The Times regarding his coaching performance with England at the Rugby World Cup. Following the leaked reports yesterday, where Smith was described as being “way out of his depth”, the former London Irish Director of Rugby has resigned.
Smith was appointed in 2008 after achieving considerable success with London Irish, transforming their style of play and leading them to a Heineken Cup semi-final. But he has failed to get England playing the exciting brand of rugby he became known for at the Exiles, and as a result came under intense pressure.
Smith said: “I feel that England have made great strides in the last three years and although the World Cup was a massive disappointment, we have won 10 out of the last 13 games, including beating Australia back-to-back and winning the RBS 6 Nations for the first time since 2003.
“Johno appointed me and gave me the opportunity, and that’s something I will be forever grateful for. He has been fantastic to work for and has always given 100 per cent and maintained the utmost integrity. Working with the other coaches has also been a positive experience and I wish them all well.”