Smith to coach All Blacks
by Scrum's correspondent Huw Turner
December 17, 1999

The NZRFU announced today that Canterbury Crusaders' Wayne Smith will coach the All Blacks in succession to John Hart.

Otago Highlanders' coach Tony Gilbert has been appointed assistant coach, with responsibility for the forwards. A third selector to assist Smith and Gilbert will be announced in due course and the post of manager, to succeed Mike Banks, will be advertised next week.
Speaking at the news conference following the announcement of his appointment, Smith said that he was looking forward to working with Gilbert."Neither of us has a great ego , we just want to get on with the job".Both Smith and Gilbert have 2 year contracts, with an annual review clause and have now stepped down from their Super 12 coaching roles.
Peter Sloane, a close friend of Smith's, another of Hart's lieutenants and thought to be a candidate for the All Blacks' post apparently withdrew his application 2 weeks ago. He is now thought to be in line for the Otago Highlanders Super 12 coaching job.
Deans replaces Smith at Canterbury .

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