Lancaster sets sights on World Cup winner
England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he is very keen to add Wayne Smith to his coaching team after Andy Farrell's rejection.
Lancaster is on the look out for a new addition to his coaching staff after Farrell turned down the chance to stay on with the national set-up in favour of returning to his role at Saracens.
With Lancaster keen to begin building towards the 2015 World Cup he is searching for someone he feels can enhance his young squad and has earmarked Smith, who worked as part of Graham Henry's team that guided New Zealand to the World Cup in 2011.
Smith, who is currently working for Super 15 team the Waikato Chiefs, met with Lancaster in South Africa last week and is thought to be mulling over the offer from the England coach.
Despite links with Clermont assistant coach Alex King and London Irish's Mike Catt, Lancaster has seemingly made Smith his number one choice to join himself and Graham Rowntree at Twickenham.
"(I had to) find the Andy Farrell replacement, look around to see who was the best person for that fit. For me, there is one stand-out candidate - Wayne Smith," Lancaster told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I met him and had a real good chat with him. He has some decisions to make of his own.
"Clearly the lure of international rugby is a strong one for him. He enjoyed his time at Northampton, he enjoyed his time in England.
"He was excited by the vision I presented to him about where we were going as a national team."