Wasps to let Smith help England

Date published: January 19 2016

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has revealed that the club won't stand in the way of letting George Smith work with England.

Smith has a long association with new England boss Eddie Jones and the two have already met over a coffee to discuss England's openside options.

The former Wallaby flanker, who has 111 Test caps, works closely with James Haskell at Wasps and club boss Young has revealed how valuable Smith's experience has been for the back-rowers in the Wasps squad.

"I wouldn't stand in his way," Young said in the Daily Mail.

"I know that Eddie has a relationship with George going back a long way. We are here to support England and their management and if we can help, we will.

"If George could be of assistance – rather than being an assistant – helping the national team do well, and it doesn't affect what we are doing, then I've got no problem with it.

"You don't have 111 caps by accident – in a position where Australia are famous for producing world-class players.

"He is humble so he's not going to push himself forward, but his contact-area skills are phenomenal, he knows the game inside-out and knows the short-cuts you need to know.

"James always wants to learn and he has been like a sponge around George, soaking up everything, like all our players. That was half the point bringing George here.

"On the field itself, but off it too, to pass on tips to others; how to behave as a professional, what kind of work you need to put in, not just to be the best at Wasps, or the best in the country, but also the best in the world. George has fulfilled that role for us."