Brian Anthony Smith
Martin Johnson and Brian Smith
Date of birth (1966-09-09) 9 September 1966 (age 57)
Place of birthSt George, Queensland, Australia
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
SchoolBrisbane State High School
SpouseLisa Tonelli
ChildrenRuby Tonelli-Smith, Chilli Tonelli-Smith, Santana Tonelli-Smith
Rugby league career
Position(s) Five-eighth, Halfback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1991–93 Balmain Tigers 37 (198)
1994 Eastern Suburbs 6 (30)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990–91 Leicester Tigers ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1985/87 Queensland ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1987 Australia 5 (25)
1989–1991 Ireland 9 (27)
Coaching career
Years Team
Ricoh Rugby Club
New South Wales
ACT Brumbies
Australia Sevens
Eastern Suburbs
Bath Rugby
London Irish
The Scots College

Brian Anthony Smith (born 9 September 1966) is an Australian rugby union coach and former rugby union and rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He played for both Australia and Ireland in rugby union.

Early life

Smith was born in St George, Queensland. He completed secondary school at Brisbane State High School before being selected to play rugby union for Queensland.[1]

In 1983, Smith represented Australian Schools when they defeated New Zealand Schools 12–9 in Sydney, Australia.


Smith won six caps for Australia in 1987.[2] He played in two Varsity matches for Oxford University as well as captaining them. He played for Wests Bulldogs. He also played nine times for Ireland between 1989 and 1991 as a fly-half.[3] For the 1990/91 season he played club rugby for Leicester Tigers in England.

He later played rugby league for the Balmain Tigers (1991 to 1993) and Eastern Suburbs (1994) in the NSWRL competition. In 1992, he played City Origin. Smith played for the Maroons in 1992 and 93. He played mainly as a five-eighth and also as a halfback.[4]

He has coached rugby union at the Ricoh Rugby Club in Japan, Eastern Suburbs in Sydney,[5] Bath Rugby, the youth setup in New South Wales, and was coaching co-ordinator at the ACT Brumbies. He has coached at representative level with the Australia Sevens side. While Director of Rugby at London Irish in the Guinness Premiership, Smith was linked with the Ireland job as a replacement for Eddie O'Sullivan.[3] In July 2008 he was appointed England attack coach.[6]


  1. ^ "Bath Rugby Appoint Brian Smith". Bath Rugby. 13 August 2002. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Bath Expected To Sign Brian Smith (archived)". ARU. 18 June 2002. Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  3. ^ "New director of rugby appointed (archived)". Irish abroad. 17 July 2002. Archived from the original on 8 April 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  4. ^ Wildman, Rob (17 July 2002). "Bath confirm Smith signing". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  5. ^ Irvine, Chris (14 July 2008). "London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith joins Martin Johnson's England set-up". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008.