This will be Graham Smith's third World Cup with England Women – he joined the set-up as Assistant and Forwards Coach in 2003 – and he’s hoping it'll be third time lucky in 2014 having reached the final on both the other occasions.
Graham got into coaching on the back of a well-respected playing career. He was capped for England at U23s and was part of both the England and Scotland squads. Graham was a powerhouse prop who played club rugby for Wolverhampton – along with his brother – and for Moseley and Stourbridge. He also captained the Staffordshire County Championship team in 1997.
Graham first started coaching in 1984 but really concentrated his attentions on coaching as a career in the 1990s, working with Moseley and Stourbridge prior to joining the Worcester Academy in 2001. In 2003, he then moved to the then Rugby Football Union for Women to work alongside Geoff Richards, England Women's Head Coach at the time.
Since joining the England Women's set-up, Graham has been an instrumental figure in their success. On top of those World Cup finals, Graham played a huge role in winning seven consecutive Six Nations crowns.
Graham is a RFU Level 5 qualified Coach, an RFU Coach Educator and an IRB Coach Educator.