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Smith to stay put with Chiefs

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Paul Cully

Ruled out ... the former All Blacks assistant has said he's not interested in taking over at the Waratahs.

Ruled out ... the former All Blacks assistant has said he's not interested in taking over at the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

FORMER All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has ruled himself out of the running for the Waratahs coaching job.

Smith, fresh from playing a key role in masterminding the Chiefs' first Super Rugby title, confirmed to the Herald the Waratahs had approached his agent but he had already recommitted 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 said yesterday. ''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.''

Smith had been chased - and tempted - by England earlier this year, and said the Waratahs approach had not progressed further 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.''

It did not take long for Smith's name to be linked to the Waratahs after the club's former coach Michael Foley signed a three-year deal with the Western Force. Along with fellow Chiefs assistant coaches Tom Coventry and Andrew Strawbridge, and under head coach Dave Rennie, Smith helped to transform the Chiefs into championship material this year after they finished bottom of the New Zealand conference last year.

Smith said he was keen to stay with the Chiefs next year and perhaps beyond.

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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
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NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
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FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
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