28 Apr 2012

NZRU says it'll do everything it can to keep Wayne Smith

10:35 am on 28 April 2012

The New Zealand Rugby Union says it's doing everything it can to keep former All Blacks assistant coach and current Chief assistant Wayne Smith in New Zealand.

Smith's considering an offer to become the England backs coach and has given himself 10 days to make a decision.

The chief executive of the NZRU Steve Tew says Smith has been very open with them about what he's been offered.

Tew says they consider Smith an important asset to the game here and won't leave him without options to consider but Tew says he won't be trying to guilt him into staying.

Tew wouldn't reveal the options the NZRU was putting before Smith.