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Midlands award for England Women's Coach Smith

25 July 2012

  • England Women’s Coach Graham Smith wins double award
  • Named Midlands Coach of the Year and honoured for Services to Coaching
England Women's Assistant Coach Graham Smith at a training session


Photo: RFU Archive

England Women Assistant Coach Graham Smith has been recognised for his efforts on the field with two top awards from the Midlands Rugby Football Union.

Smith has been honoured with the award of Midlands Coach of the Year and Services to Coaching, becoming the first individual to win both awards.

These latest honours wrap up a highly successful season for Burntwood-based Smith who has helped guide England to a record breaking seventh successive Six Nations title, Grand Slam and unprecedented back-to-back victories over world champions New Zealand this season. Smith was also appointed temporary Head Coach of the England team that won the European Cup in May in Italy.

Aside from Smith’s England successes, the former Moseley, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton prop is also still heavily involved in the game at a grass roots level, and is regularly involved in popular Coach Education Evenings.

England Women's Assistant Coach Graham Smith (L) with Head Coach Gary Street and the 6 Nations trophy

Photo: RFU Archive

RFU Coach Development Officer Ian Bletcher said: “Not only has Graham had an outstanding season in terms of results with England but he also continues to be involved at all levels in developing new methods and coaching ideas especially in relation to scrum coaching.

“Graham is constantly willing to share his expertise and enthusiasm for coaching with people at all levels of experience and is famous for his excellent delivery and inclusive approach.

"Always willing to give up his time and experience to help both players and coaches, Graham has an ability to bring enthusiasm and innovation to his coaching delivery and is constantly updating and trying new approaches. He is a role model for all to follow and a living example of the core values of our game in action.”