Brian Smith resigns from position with England

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.”

7 thoughts on “Brian Smith resigns from position with England

  1. It’s a sad day when someone resigns as a result of leaking confidential comments (unless it’s RA), but to be bluntly honest Englands attack has looked pretty poor in the last 12 months and he was likely to go anyway. Might save the RFU from paying any redundancy as they won’t have any sponsors left at this rate!

  2. One down three more to go. Ford, Wells and Alred will hopefully follow suit. With Lancaster taking over, will he be allowed to select the coaches he wants, or will Andrew be picking them?

    1. Personally I think so. I think our defence has been very predictable at times. I think the whole coaching set up needs a re-vamp. But Rowntree has earnt his right to stay. I think the scrum is the only area we’ve improved and Rowntree has helped with the new players such as Cole and Corbisiero. Our attack and defence has just not been consistent enough.

      1. I know what you mean but isn’t defence meant to be predictable? I’m not sure if counter rucking fell within his remit as that is one area where we were poor, but generally I thought the defence was pretty sound. I’m not sure what else Ford could have done to improve it other than change the defensive strategy – maybe the dreaded banana defence?

        I admit that I’m not a leading expert on defensive stategy, so might have my mind changed, but I’d like to know what he did wrong and what else he should have done.

      2. Not even sure about Rowntree. He may be the best of the bunch, but the scrum has looked creaky at times with some poor front row displays.

        1. Stevens on the wrong side didn’t help. But overall we had young props step up at a position where players mature later. I thought we did well at the set piece on the whole. Granted it wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t think that the much vaunted french pack did a number on us at the set piece. I also think that the reffing is a bit of a lottery and so much depends on the hit.

          So in the round, I felt that scrum and defence were sound, and given the background to it all, that was a miracle!


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