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Smith staying with SuperRugby Champs the Chiefs

Wayne Smith will stay with the Chiefs for 2013 - perhaps longer

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Article Published: Saturday 11 August 2012|

Former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has revealed that he will be staying with the current Super Rugby champions the Chiefs and has ruled out a move to the Waratahs.

Having helped mastermind the Chiefs first Super Rugby title this season Smith confirmed that his agent has been approached by the Waratahs but he says that he has already committed to the New Zealand Rugby Union.

"I've now given a verbal agreement to the New Zealand Rugby Union that I'll be staying," Smith told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I haven't got a contract as yet, but I will do shortly and that will be with the NZRU through to 2015."

"So I'm not on the market."

Earlier this year Smith was approached by England and said at the time that he was tempted to leave New Zealand but the Waratahs offer did not progress as far due to his desire to stay in New Zealand.

"I had an approach from my agent, who said (the Waratahs) had contacted him ... but he knew I'd made a verbal agreement to New Zealand ... so there was no further discussion."

Smith said that he was keen to stay with the Chiefs for the 2013 Super Rugby season and perhaps beyond.

The Waratahs are without a coach after former coach Michael Foley left last month and signed a three-year deal with the Western Force.

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