Smith confirmed as Fiji coach
As expected Greg Smith, the ex-Wallaby coach, has been appointed to coach the Fijian national side, in succession to Brad Johnstone.
Smith, who has been given a 2 year contract, was the unanimous selection of the Fiji Rugby Union Board. FRFU chairman Tom Vuetilovoni said, ' There was no doubt about the quality and professionalism, and the performance history of the candidates we interviewed. It came down to the person who was more professional and who had a proven ability to manage a team. The successful candidate had to be a thinker and a visionary and be very loyal to Fiji and the job he was entrusted with. He had to have a sound knowledge of international competition but at the same time recognise and develop the Fijian flair for the game.'
Smith became Wallaby coach in 1995, after a season of very poor results and performances. Two years later, when he left the job , Australia were ranked the second side in the world but some heavy defeats at the hands of the All Blacks provoked calls for his removal.
Smith will start his job with the Fiji union in March. He will receive a salary of approximately $NZ77,609, along with a house and car. He will also have responsibility for developing local coaching expertise.