16 Feb 2012

Smith rules himself out of England job

1:14 pm on 16 February 2012

Recent All Blacks assistant coach and former New Zealand head coach Wayne Smith has ruled himself out of the running as England manager.

Smith says the job sounds more suited to a public relations manager than a rugby mentor.

England is searching for a permanent coach after Martin Johnson quit in the wake of last year's disastrous World Cup campaign in New Zealand, where the team failed to make the semi-finals and was lambasted for poor off-field behaviour.

He had expressed interest on forming a management partnership with ex-Springboks coach Nick Mallett but says the timing of the appointment clashes with his new role as assistant coach of Super Rugby club the Chiefs.

The job is scheduled to begin with England's tour of South Africa in June.

Smith says he's still keen to return to international coaching at some point and isn't ruling out a role with England in the future.

Stuart Lancaster is acting as England's caretaker coach during their defence of the Six Nations title.