Wayne Smith's warning to New Zealand Rugby about next All Blacks coach
Former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has sent a warning to NZR as the race to replace Steve Hansen gets underway. NZR launched its process to find Hansen’s replacement as All Blacks head coach last week, by inviting applications from a group of coaches familiar with New Zealand’s professional rugby environment.NZR announced that it invited 26 Kiwi coaches to apply for the vacant role, with chairman Brent Impey confirming that shortlisting, interviews and negotiations would be conducted through November and early December, with a head coach to be announced prior to the Christmas break.
A number of high-profile England stars have revealed there was confusion within the squad surrounding their infamous Haka response before the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
The entire English squad formed a stirring V-formation opposite the All Blacks as they performed the Haka, and went on to claim a thrilling 19-7 victory over the world's strongest side, sending them into the final.
World Rugby eventually pinged them for crossing the halfway line, after match officials were forced to intervene, however the response received a huge reaction from fans and pundits alike.
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Nonetheless, appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, Ben Youngs, Tom Curry, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marler all revealed how the formation in fact went horribly wrong.
After meeting the night before the highly anticipated clash, Youngs gathered the players and drew up plans to stand in a semi-circle shape during the Haka as a means of demonstrating they weren't intimidated.
“We met the night before and we said it's a challenge and we want to face the challenge and make sure they know we are up for it so let's get into a semi-circle”, Youngs told the Jonathan Ross Show.
“A few lads were still confused…”
.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) 's incredible response to an intense Haka
However Marler joked the diagram Youngs drew was too confusing, which he quipped led to the now infamous v-shape.
All Blacks coaching bombshell: Top candidate's surprise snub
One of the prime candidates to join the All Blacks' coaching staff next year has ruled himself out of working alongside the likes of Ian Foster and Scott Robertson.All Blacks coaching contender Tony Brown has revealed he has turned down approaches from both Ian Foster and Scott Robertson to join their respective coaching teams as both vie to replace Steve Hansen.
“The issue was, Ben drew it up the night before… He got up and he did it on a flipchart and he marked it all out with Xs and Os.
“The issue I had with it is I look at that board and thought, ‘It's not to scale’, I thought we were meant to be closer than what the picture said.
“[I went over the line] which I thought we were all going to do but then I looked back and they weren't doing it but I thought, I've already committed now.”
Owen Farrell's face watching the haka. Legend.— Dr Christian Dunn (@christiandunn)
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