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Northampton Saints have made a bid for current All Black assistant coach Wayne Smith as they strive to find a Director of Rugby capable of taking them back to the Guinness Premiership.

Smith, speaking to the BBC, said he was considering the offer, but would not make a decision until after the Rugby World Cup.

“Chairman Keith Barwell is a good friend and I’ve told him my time to make a decision is after the World Cup,” Smith said.

“My focus right now is the All Blacks and the World Cup. Decisions about my coaching future will wait until after the tournament.

“I’d love to stay with the All Blacks if possible, but like a lot of professional coaches I get contacted about overseas positions.

“I am passionate about Northampton, enjoyed my time there immensely but I am very much focusing on this year with the All Blacks. The future will look after itself.”

Smith has coached the Saints before, between December 2001 and June 2004, taking them to two Powergen Cup finals and two third-place finishes in the Premiership.

Peter Sloane, formerly in charge at Auckland, has taken on the Head Coach job from Paul Grayson, who is still involved in the coaching set-up, while Smith, Jim Mallinder and Warren Gatland have all been mooted as possibilities for the Director of Rugby role.

 

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