Henry and Smith linked to Scotland job

Last updated 09:12 27/11/2012
Graham Henry and Wayne Smith
Getty Images
BRAINS TRUST: Sir Graham Henry (left) and Wayne Smith.

Relevant offers

International

Try-machine Thomas Waldrom has English rugby history in his sights Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade sets Argentina on good Rugby World Cup track Quade Cooper signs for Toulon, French media say Wallabies winger Peter Betham signs for English Premiership club Leicester Tigers Wallabies and Waratahs winger Peter Betham to join English side Leicester Australian Rugby Union announces A$6.3 million loss for 2014 Toulon coach Bernard Laporte rallies side in Champions Cup semi with Leinster Nicolas Sanchez signs on as Argentina's Super Rugby entry gets another Pumas star Rugby player dies from head injury sustained in club game tackle Ali Williams gets one last chance at glory as Toulon make European Cup final

All Blacks' World Cup winning coaches Sir Graham Henry and Wayne Smith are in a predictable list of heavyweight names being talked up as potential candidates for the vacant Scotland coaching job.

Andy Robinson stepped down from the position yesterday in the wake of Scotland being embarrassingly beaten by Tonga 21-15.

The Englishman was never a comfortable fit in the Scottish job and failed to lift them from their mire, a point highlighted by their failure to make the quarter-finals at last year's World Cup.

As to who will now take over the reins, the British media have gone to the usual suspects.

Just as they were quickly linked to the vacant England job late last year, the names of Henry and Smith are in the mix.

The Daily Mail newspaper said Scotland rugby chiefs "are set to break the bank in their search for a new coach".

The money would have to be massive to take either Kiwi north.

Henry has just signed on as part of the Blues coaching team for next year's Super Rugby championship where Smith is already involved with the Chiefs who are defending champions.

South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White was also listed although the short money seemed to be on fellow South African Nick Mallet.

The pundits suggested current assistant coach Scott Johnson and Scotland A coach, New Zealander Sean Lineen, would be caretaker options to come in for the looming Six Nations.

Robinson, quit with three years left on his contract.

After being an assistant and head coach at England, he moved north of the border and won 15, drew one and lost 19 matches while in charge of the Scots.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the better Springboks lock?

Bakkies Botha

Victor Matfield

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content