Former All Black coach Smith quiet on Harlequins

Wayne Smith has resisted moves to positions outside NZ recently

Former All Black coach Wayne Smith has acknowledged reports linking him to English club Harlequins but says he has made no decisions yet.

The Harlequins Director of Rugby position has opened up after current boss Conor O’Shea announced his departure at the end of the season.

While O’Shea is believed to be joining Italy, Harlequins have yet to give any clues as to who they have in their sights as a replacement.

“No comment really,” Smith told Radio Sport when questioned about a Harlequins deal.

“I’m considering several options regarding my coaching future, whilst also trying to have a short break from the game.”

“I’m a wee way from making any decisions.”

Fifty-eight-year-old Smith is widely regarded as one of the world’s top coaches and was linked to the England job after Stuart Lancaster stepped down but he said at the time he wanted a break from coaching.

The 17-Test All Black emerged as a successful coach when he guided the Crusaders to win the 1998 and 1999 Super titles and took over as head coach of the All Blacks for two years after that.

He then left New Zealand and coached at Northampton Saints for three seasons before returning to his home-land where he was a key member of the All Blacks coaching staff when they won the 2011 World Cup.

More recently he helped the Chiefs win two Super Rugby titles and then helped the All Blacks in an advisory capacity in their successful 2015 World Cup campaign.

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