Henry and Smith linked to Scotland job

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

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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.

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