Smith and Gilbert could share coaching role
December 16, 1999
After weeks of speculation over who will fill John Hart's shoes, there have now been reports that Wayne Smith and Tony Gilbert could both take an active coaching role with the All Blacks next year.
A report in the New Zealand Herald claimed the New Zealand Rugby Football union has decided that both should be involved with taking charge of the team as they aim to rebuild for next year after their demoralising World Cup campaign.
The decision on the new coach is due to be announced on Friday although the NZRFU board has the right to veto, delay or make another choice other than that presented by the interview panel.
The Herald reported that the panel stopped short of having co-coaches and that Smith would take overall control but with Gilbert also to have a significant coaching role. The last time a co-coaching set-up was tried at the 1991 World Cup with Alex Wylie and John Hart, it was widely considered to be a failure.
The panel entrusted with making the coaching recommendation consisted of David Rutherford, Evan Crawford, Andy Dalton, Richie Guy, John Graham and Tane Norton.
Some critics have suggested that there were better contenders for the job and that the board should delay making their decision.
Other candidates including Graham Henry, Brad Johnstone, John Mitchell, Gordon Hunter, Graham Mourie and Wayne Shelford all made themselves unavailable to tackle the job.
After Sam Egerton became the first person to be red carded in the Varsity match, Scrum Sevens looks at seven other high-profile dismissals at Twickenham
Tom Hamilton pays a visit to Oxford University Women's Rugby Football Club who have recently made headlines across the world, from Tokyo to New York
"Gentlemen, if you want to see the World Cup going south yet again, you are going the right way about it," John Taylor looks at the state of European rugby