Former All Black coach Wayne Smith has acknowledged reports linking him to English club Harlequins but says he has made no decisions yet.

The Harlequins Director of Rugby position has opened up after current boss Conor O’Shea announced his departure at the end of the season.

While O’Shea is believed to be joining Italy, Harlequins have yet to give any clues as to who they have in their sights as a replacement.


“No comment really,” Smith told Radio Sport when questioned about a Harlequins deal.

“I’m considering several options regarding my coaching future, whilst also trying to have a short break from the game.”

“I’m a wee way from making any decisions.”

Fifty-eight-year-old Smith is widely regarded as one of the world’s top coaches and was linked to the England job after Stuart Lancaster stepped down but he said at the time he wanted a break from coaching.