White hires defence coach

2012-12-11 07:44
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Sydney - Veteran Brian Smith was on Tuesday unveiled as the Brumbies new defence coach for the next Super Rugby season, after being axed by rugby league outfit Sydney Roosters.

Smith, who has coached extensively in Australia and Britain, joins a backroom staff that includes Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham and former Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher.

"It is great to have someone of Brian's experience and skillset join the Brumbies coaching staff," said current head coach Jake White, who led South Africa to the World Cup in 2007.

"Brian will consult to the Brumbies and provide structured support around our defensive line and tackling."

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.

He was sacked by the Roosters after the 2012 season, and said he was excited to be with the Brumbies.

"The opportunity to work with a talented young squad was very appealing," he said. "The Brumbies have put in place a first class programme, and I hope that I will be able to contribute to success in 2013."

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