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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    • December 11th 2012 @ 10:55am
      planko said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      Sounds like a sweet gig …..

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      December 11th 2012 @ 12:51pm
      Damn Straight said | December 11th 2012 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Wonder how long it will take for him to alienate the players, the board and fans of the brumbies….judging from his track record, I’d say 2 seasons.

      • December 11th 2012 @ 1:45pm
        allblackfan said | December 11th 2012 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

        you got it wrong, DS. The Brumbies have a proud record of sacking their coach. BS may not have two seasons!!:-)

    • December 11th 2012 @ 1:46pm
      allblackfan said | December 11th 2012 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

      you got it wrong, ds. The Brumbies have a proud record of sacking coaches. BS may not have 2 seasons!

    • December 11th 2012 @ 1:56pm
      Crosscoder said | December 11th 2012 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

      Smith has a proud record of being sacked.he has thick skin.

    • December 11th 2012 @ 10:03pm
      Paul Sheehan said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

      Brumbies beware ! This man is your classic “Jekkyl and Hyde ! ) Those who have worked with him in the past have never known where they stood- (especially in Newcastle.) it is little wonder that no-one in NRL will touch him.
      He will be out of the A.C.T by August !

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