Wayne Smith 'considering options' amid Quins links

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All Blacks coach Wayne Smith has confirmed he is keeping his options open for future coaching roles amid reports emerge Aviva Premiership side Harlequins are in talks with him.

Current Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea is set to leave the club at the end of the season and both The Times and Sky Sports have reported the All Blacks coach has been approached to take over the role.

But Smith would not be drawn on the rumours. “No comment really,” he told Radio Sport. “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.”

Smith helped deliver New Zealand their 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup triumphs as part of the All Blacks’ coaching team, and is widely regarded as one of the best brains in the game.

He has had a previous stint in England at the Northampton Saints, where he coached for three seasons after he was stood down from the Kiwi head coaching role in 2001.

Smith has also enjoyed Super Rugby success with the Crusaders, and most recently, teaming-up with Dave Rennie to lead the Chiefs to back-to-back titles.

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