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Former Springbok Franco Smith reveals he was contacted by Connacht as they try to replace Pat Lam


Franco Smith

Franco Smith

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Franco Smith

Connacht's search for a replacement for Pat Lam continues with former South Africa international Franco Smith revealing that he was contacted by Connacht but he has decided to remain committed to Super Rugby outfit the Cheetahs.

The 44-year-old, who was capped by the Springboks on nine occasions, has been in his current role as Head Coach with the Cheetahs since 2015 and is not interested in a move to the Sportsground.

“It’s true that I was contacted by Connacht in December, but I told them that I am committed to the Cheetahs,” Smith told South Africa’s Netwek24.

Smith acted as an assistant coach to Springbok boss Marcel Coetzee for their tour of Europe in November and is expected to remain in that role  when an announcement regarding the national coaching team is made later this week.

Last week, Nigel Carolan, who has been Connacht's academy manager since 2004 and he took over as Ireland U-20s head coach in 2014. ruled himself out of the running.

Lam will join Bristol next season.

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