Playing squad 2012/2013
Former England Attack Coach, Brian Smith, returned to the Club in March 2012 as Director of Rugby.
Having previously held the role with the Exiles for three years between 2005 and 2008, the vastly experienced manager and coach will rejoined the Club to bolster the club's current set up. Smith's contract will run until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Smith left the Exiles in 2008 to become England Attack Coach and subsequently helped to lead the national side to become RBS 6 Nations winners in 2011 and also achieved the second best win record and third best try scoring record in world rugby during 2011.
He is widely credited as having been instrumental in laying the original foundations of London Irish's most successful years taking the club to third place in the Premiership, the final of the European Challenge Cup and a Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse. After his departure, Toby Booth became Head Coach and he continued to steer the Exiles through their most successful period of the professional era, leading the club to a Premiership Final and Heineken Cup tournament qualifications for three successive years.
Prior to England and London Irish, Brian was Defence Coach at Bath Rugby helping the club to reach the 2002/03 final of the European Challenge Cup and the 2003/04 Guinness Premiership final. His coaching career had started with Sydney-based Eastern Suburbs who went undefeated in 2000 which led to a coaching role with the ACT Brumbies and a Super 12 final in 2001.
He is a dual rugby international having played at fly-half for both Australia (six caps) and Ireland (nine caps). He debuted for the Wallabies on their successful 1986 Bledisloe Cup Tour and played in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. He is also an Oxford Blue.
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