Brothers land top coach

Brothers land top coach

Former Melbourne Storm winger Craig Smith has taken on a specialist coaching role at the rugby union club, focusing on attack structures, defence technique and kicking.

Despite his professional background as a league player, he has a wealth of experience with rugby union as a four-year coach at Guildford Grammar School and NSW Country representative.

Smith is renowned for his kicking, having played a major part in Melbourne’s 1999 maiden premiership triumph over the St George Illawarra Dragons.

He received a crucial penalty try and kicked three goals as the side edged out the Dragons 20-18.

Director of Rugby Brett Gallagher was excited with what was in store for the upcoming Rugby WA season with Smith at the club.

‘Craig is sure to attract new recruits to the club due to his elite experience and contacts in the league and union communities,’ he said.

Smith experienced his first win with the Brothers last weekend as their Championship First Grade season got off to a flyer against the Southern Lions.

Joondalup thrashed the side 50-5.

The second-grade Brothers beat the Lions 15-5, while the third-grade team lost to Kwinana 7-19. The 18s beat the Lions 34-15.