Franco Smith has officially been appointed as Italy’s interim head coach for the upcoming Six Nations campaign in 2020 following Conor O’Shea’s resignation.
Conor O’Shea has officially brought his stint in charge of Italy to an end after Italian Rugby announced that he would vacate his role with immediate effect.
Just before joining the Italian coaching set-up, Franco Smith led the Cheetahs to Currie Cup glory. DYLAN JACK caught up with him before he jetted off. What was key to your Currie Cup preparations this year? There were two big things that happened. When I took over again after the 2017-18 Pro14 season, we lost a lot of players abroad…. Read more →
Franco Smith will officially hand over control of the high-flying Cheetahs to Hawies Fourie as he departs the franchise to join Italy at the end of November.
The Cheetahs sent interim coach Franco Smith off on a high with their first-ever win over Munster in a 40-16 bonus-point victory in Bloemfontein on Friday. DYLAN JACK reports.
Cheetahs coach Franco Smith will look to sign off his spell in Bloemfontein successfully by continuing their unbeaten run in the PRO14 against Munster.
Coach Franco Smith has made two changes to the Cheetahs starting lineup for their third game of the PRO14 season against Johan van Graan’s Munster in Bloemfontein on Friday.
While the Cheetahs may not grab the back pages during the World Cup, there are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on their PRO14 progress, writes DYLAN JACK.
Franco Smith has cautioned against raised expectations for the Cheetahs following their 48-14 win over last season’s finalists the Glasgow Warriors.
Veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will lead out the Cheetahs when they begin their PRO14 campaign against the Glasgow Warriors on Friday night.