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Wayne Smith Chiefs Technical Advisor


About Wayne Smith

Graham Henry on Wayne Smith:
“Wayne is the best coach I have ever coached with. He has a huge work ethic, does lots of research and has a great feel for the game. At the moment he is the defence coach and is also involved with our counter attacking strategy. He is a very thoughtful man and takes a major interest in how we use turnover ball. He has been going around with a little camera which he uses to track individual players for a whole game. It has proved quite embarrassing for some. There is nowhere to hide and the players soon learn where they have to step up. Top bloke.”


  • Born: 19 April, 1957, Putaruru, Waikato, NZ

Playing Career:

  • New Zealand: 35 matches (17 tests)
    36 points (6 tries, 4 drop goals)
  • Position: First five-eighth (fly-half)
  • Debut: Australia, aged 23, 21 June, 1980
  • Province: Canterbury

Coaching Career:

  • 1997-1999: Crusaders (Super 12 champions ’98, ’99)
  • 2000-2001: New Zealand
  • 2001-2004: Northampton
  • 2004-2011: All Blacks Assistant Coach (Tri Nations Champions 2005-08, 2010 & RWC 2011 Champions)
  • 2011-Present: Chiefs Technical Advisor

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