Franco Smith rugby player
Franco Smith rugby player

Franco Smith

29th Jul 1972 1.83m/89kg Coach

Having made his first class debut in September 1992, Smith went on to be a force to be reckoned with in the field, appearing for Griquas,Newport, and Tresviso at the end of 2002.

Smith played 9 test matches for South Africa, making his Test debut in December 1997 against Scotland, with his last test match being August 1999 against New Zealand.

He hung his boots and ventured into coaching, leading steering Treviso to two National Championship of Excellence titles in 2008–2009 and in 2009–2010.

It didn't take long for him to return to South Africa, taking over the Cheetahs and steered the Bloemfontein outfit to their first Currie Cup title since 2007.

Smith was one of two additions to the Springbok coaching squad named by SA Rugby for the 2016 November Tests.

In July 2017, the Cheetahs announced a role change, naming Smith as Director of Rugby, with Rory Duncan taking over as Head Coach.

In February 2018, following the impending departure of Rory Duncan to England, Smith decided to return to the Cheeahs on a full-time basis and turn down an offer to remain on Springbok coaching staff.

In May 2019, Cheetahs confirmed that Smith will vacate his position as head coach at the end of the year to take over as Italy boss.

(LS May 14, 2019)

Career

image Cheetahs
Coach
2015 - present
image Free State Cheetahs
Coach
2015 - present
benetton Benetton Rugby
Coach
2007 - 2014
UFS_Shimlas UFS Shimlas
Coach
2015 - 2015