Rugby: Blackadder closing in on Scotland post

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The search for Scotland’s new rugby coach narrowed dramatically today after one of the main contenders ruled himself out.

And with Wayne Smith, ex-All Blacks No. 2 and current assistant at Waikato Chiefs, joining Queensland Reds’ Ewen McKenzie in knocking back any suggestion of contact with the SRU, odds shortened again on Todd Blackadder taking over from Scott Johnson.

The influential 3 News channel in New Zealand told how a clamour for Smith to be appointed had been covered in Scotland, saying: “Smith was linked to the role along with (Canterbury) Crusaders coach and former Edinburgh captain
Todd Blackadder by the 
Edinburgh Evening News.

“However, Smith told 3 News he has never talked to the Scotland Rugby Union and is not available to join them.”

The Evening News reported earlier this week that Blackadder was the hot tip in Southern Hemisphere rugby circles to 
return to a city where he served Edinburgh as captain as well 
as having a short stint as a coaching assistant with Scotland under the direction of Matt Williams.

That now appears increasingly more likely albeit there are some indications that the search could lead to South 
Africa where Alan Solomons, once of Ulster, is director of rugby at Southern Kings’ 
Super-15 franchise.

It is the possibility of a return for Blackadder, now 41, that will engage most followers, though.