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Harlequins Set To Miss Out On Top Coaching Target

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Mike Brown of Harlequins celebrates with team mates Danny Care (L) and Joe Marler (R) after scoring the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Bath at the Twickenham Stoop on May 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Conor O’Shea is set to leave Harlequins at the end of the season.

When Conor O’Shea announced that he was to step down as Harlequins coach at the end of the season, rumours immediately circulated as to his possible successor.

While fans were divided over the possibility of Stuart Lancaster taking over at the Stoop, they were immediately excited at the prospect of Wayne Smith taking over from O’Shea.

However last night any such hopes were dashed, when Kiwi news site, Stuff, reported that the legendary All Black defence coach had signed a new two year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Although All Black fans will be delighted to hear that ‘the professor’ will remain in place until after the 2017 Lions tour, Harlequins are left in somewhat of a bind with this season nearing conclusion.

Indeed, in early February Sky Sports had reported that Smith was in talks with Quins and it was even suggested that an announcement was not too far away.

However it now appears that Harlequins have been unable to entice Smith away from New Zealand.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

 

 

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