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Wayne Smith is the new head of the New Zealand women’s team

Former All Blacks head coach Wayne Smith is the new manager of the Fernz Blacks rugby team.

Wayne Smith, former manager of the All Blacks, was appointed head coach of the New Zealand women’s rugby union team on Thursday after a damning investigation into how the team was run led to the resignation of his predecessor.

A report critical of management’s tactics has revealed that members of the Black Ferns have been subjected to malicious remarks against several Maori and Pacific players, nepotism and remarks about their physiques from coaches. This led to coach Glenn Moore’s resignation last week, less than six months before the Women’s World Cup finals, which holders New Zealand will host.

Nicknamed “The Guru” in rugby circles due to his extensive knowledge of the game, Wayne Smith takes on the role of rugby manager. The 65-year-old will lead a new coaching structure until the World Cup finals in October and November, says New Zealand rugby chief executive Mark Robinson. “There is no doubt about Wayne’s ability as a coach and what he will achieve for this teamRobinson said.

Wayne Smith will be assisted by Whitney Hansen, who has held a coaching role with the team for the past two years, and Wesley Clark. “Whitney is an up-and-coming coach, and she’s impressed during her two years with the team, so this is a huge appreciation for her abilities and potential.Robinson said.

Winner of the Men’s World Cup as coach of the All Blacks in 2011, Graham Henry will advise new hires. After managing the Blacks between 2000 and 2001, formerly Wayne Smith was Henry’s assistant between 2004 and 2011.

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