Wayne Smith is the new director for rugby in New Zealand for women

New Zealand celebrating their World Cup win in 2017
New Zealand is the World Cup's defending champions.

Wayne Smith, an ex-All Blacks assistant coach, has been appointed the new director for rugby in New Zealand's women’s side. head coach Glenn Moore resigned.

Smith is in charge for less than six months, before New Zealand hosts the World Cup.

Graham Henry, the World Cup winning men's coach, will provide coaching support.

Smith – Assistant coach to Henry for the All Blacks had joined as a technical coach earlier in AprilMoore's departure led to the promotion of,

Whitney Hansen, Whitney's daughter and former All Blacks head coach Steve will be joining Wesley Clarke as assistant coach. Mike Cron, specialist scrum coach, will also continue to contribute.

New Zealand lost four matches to England and France this autumn, but the new coaching structure might help the defending champions regain their World Cup hopes. The tournament begins on October 8.

New Zealand Rugby confirmed further announcements would be made about the management structure with a focus on leadership, culture and other issues.

Mark Robinson, New Zealand Rugby chief executive, said that Wayne's coaching abilities and his contributions to the team are unquestionable.

“We know he is excited about being involved in the Black Ferns, and about what they could build this year.”

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