NRL coach Smith joins Brumbies



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    Veteran NRL coach Brian Smith has welcomed a new challenge in a different code after signing to assist Super Rugby’s Brumbies with their defence.

    The move by Brumbies coach Jake White to hire Smith for the 2013 season follows his earlier attempt to get the part-time services of Newcastle skipper Danny Buderus which was blocked by the NRL.

    Smith was out of work in the NRL after being axed by the Sydney Roosters following last season.

    Smith will focus on improving the Brumbies’ defence and tackling techniques.

    He joins White’s other assistants Laurie Fisher (forwards) and Steve Larkham (backs).

    “I have only been down for the one session but I’m actually quite excited about the role now,” Smith told The Australian.

    “It is something really different for me – all the players were really receptive and enthusiastic about the work we were doing so that was really encouraging.

    “I’m at a point now where I am open to these sorts of opportunities.”

    In a two-decade rugby league coaching career, Smith was at the helm at Illawarra, St George, Newcastle, Parramatta and the Roosters, but was unable to win a first-grade premiership.

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    • Roar Rookie

      December 11th 2012 @ 12:31pm
      Chris Hardiman said | December 11th 2012 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

      Don’t forget to pack an extra thick cardigan Mr Smith. You’re going to need it.

    • December 11th 2012 @ 1:48pm
      allblackfan said | December 11th 2012 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

      Extra thick hide as well given the Brumbies’ players record on coaches who displease them!!

    • December 11th 2012 @ 1:55pm
      Crosscoder said | December 11th 2012 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      Good on Smith.He has finished at the NRL,found employment in another code.Rugby league fans will not get upset about the move.Buderus whilst emplyed by an NRL club, was a different kettle of fish.

    • December 11th 2012 @ 3:52pm
      Ken said | December 11th 2012 @ 3:52pm | ! Report

      Yeah it’s a good move for Smith. He’s unlikely to get another head gig at a NRL club and it would probably be hard to take an underling role in that environment considering he’s had 20-odd years in the top office. A move to Union let’s him use his skills and won’t hit the pride so hard.

    • December 11th 2012 @ 3:53pm
      ThomasCrown said | December 11th 2012 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

      If they keep poking at the hornets nest they might find themselves severely stung one day. I always thought the Brumbies had to be careful who they recruit from the NRL after Bedsy and i think they done well with Smith. The NRL are very paranoid atm with the AFL wars and we will see if they have seen the Folau move as an act of war.

      • December 11th 2012 @ 4:15pm
        Ryanno said | December 11th 2012 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

        Do you think anyone at the ARU cares if the NRL thinks it’s an act of war. The NRL should be wary of the IRB and what they are capable of if they choose to get involved in the “war”.

        • December 11th 2012 @ 5:52pm
          ThomasCrown said | December 11th 2012 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

          Tell me what IRB can do? Seriously i wanna know. Unless they are willing to match the sort of cash the NRL pull in, im sure there isnt much more they can do.

          • December 11th 2012 @ 8:56pm
            Ryanno said | December 11th 2012 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

            You’ve hit the nail on the head. If it came down to who has the deepest pockets and the most resources worldwide then then it would only be a matter of time if the IRB decided to take on the NRL but I doubt they care enough.

            • December 11th 2012 @ 10:38pm
              ThomasCrown said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

              They will never take the NRL on with a cash war because they will have every other nation puttting out there hands. The IRB might have more money but once divided among all its many nations, it will come short compared to the NRL. If the ARU dont care about the NRL using its 100million dedicated on growing the game against them as u suggest, Rugby in Aus is about to become alot worst off than it is now. The

              • December 11th 2012 @ 11:01pm
                Ryanno said | December 11th 2012 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

                Do me a favour and let me know when that’s going to start. At the moment Rugby is in better shape than ever and as we all know there is still plenty that can be done to improve it. If the Tahs and Wallaby performances return to a more entertaining style then imagine what the numbers will do

              • December 12th 2012 @ 5:38pm
                Denby said | December 12th 2012 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

                I love a good flame war!
                fight fight fight fight

    • December 11th 2012 @ 4:18pm
      Pot Stirrer said | December 11th 2012 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

      Given the Roosters performances over the last 2 seasons i dont think defense is one of his stronger attributes.

      • December 11th 2012 @ 4:22pm
        formeropenside said | December 11th 2012 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

        well hopefuly he can bring that failing to the Brumbies also – most boring rugby going around in 2012, at least until the Wallabies started up

        • December 11th 2012 @ 5:14pm
          Rob from Brumby Country said | December 11th 2012 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

          As long as we’re not conceding 40+ points to the Force, ‘boring’ is fine with me 😉

          • December 12th 2012 @ 7:36am
            Justin2 said | December 12th 2012 @ 7:36am | ! Report


        • December 12th 2012 @ 10:06am
          Chris said | December 12th 2012 @ 10:06am | ! Report

          Doesn’t say much for whoever you support then, given the Brumbies scored the most tries of any Aussie team.