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Smith joins Under-19 coaching team

13 November 2002

Ian Smith, the former Leicester flanker and coach, has been appointed assistant coach of the England Under-19 side.
Smith, who has also coached Loughborough University and the Leicester Academy side, will work alongside Tosh Askew, the England Under-19 coach.
He will replace Nigel Redman, the former England and Bath lock, who has been appointed assistant coach of the England Under-21 team.
Tosh Askew said: "Ian has helped coach one of the top sides in the country, Leicester Tigers, for a long, long time. He has been with Leicester all his life as a player and a coach.
"He has been involved with teams within England at various levels before, so he has already got international experience.
"The appointment was officially made three weeks ago, but I have been trying to get him ever since it was announced Nigel Redman was going to coach the Under 21s. That means it has been about two months I have been trying to recruit him. I was that determined to get him.
"There is an awful lot of talent coming through the ranks at the moment. With the academies having been up and running for a few months now, the players are already being identified and developed better than they have been in the past. The material is certainly there for myself and Ian to work with and I am sure he will play a vital part in making that happen."
Smith will help Askew prepare England for five internationals in the New Year, the first time that England have played all the Six Nations Championship countries at this age group, plus the FIRA World Championships in France in April.