Wayne Smith to work with Scottish clubs

Former All Black assistant coach Wayne Smith will spend time with two Scottish clubs to outline his philosophies to senior club and school coaches.


Wayne Smith, part of the management team that piloted New Zealand to last year’s Rugby World Cup, and who last month coached the Chiefs from Waikato to the Super Rugby title, will spend a week each with Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, observing the coaching teams led by Michael Bradley and Gregor Townsend respectively.


Earlier in the summer, Townsend was in Waikato to see the Chiefs’ set-up.


Smith will present four invitation-only workshops to coaches at various levels of the professional, age-grade, club and school game during his fortnight stay.


Graham Lowe, Scottish Rugby’s Director of Performance Rugby, said: “We are delighted that Wayne will be spending time with our pro-clubs but for us it’s also important that those who are coaching in our clubs and schools have the opportunity to hear his ideas and get the chance to chat around best practice in one of the key areas of the game – the breakdown.”


“I’m really excited to visit Scotland and share some ideas.” said Smith on the Scottish Rugby website.


“I have Scottish heritage and have always cherished touring here in the past with the All Blacks.


“Every coach has different thoughts on how to play the game and hopefully my Antipodean ideas will stir some interest! In my experience, every time you share an idea, you get a few back. From that perspective, I’m sure we’ll have some great conversations over the two weeks and we’ll all get something from them.”


Jock Peggie, Scottish Rugby’s Coaching Development Manager, said: “We are offering first XV coaches at under-18, school and adult club level the chance to hear at first hand the principles and strategies employed by a world-class expert in the game.


Peggie said that Smith would work with Scottish clubs on the importance of turnover ball, defensive structures, getting the ball back in the tackle and recognising when the circumstances are right to counter-ruck.

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