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Playing squad 2013/2014

Brian Smith

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Brian Smith returned to London Irish 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 rejoined to bolster the club's set up.

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 the club appeared in a Premiership Final and gained Heineken Cup tournament qualifications for three successive years.

Brian 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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