Brian Smith

Brian Smith, 64, is a retired Logistics Controller from Saltash, Cornwall. He lives with his wife Wray. In 2010, their son Richard, 30, and his housemate Kevin, 32, were found dead from Carbon Monoxide poisoning from their Beko-manufactured cooker.

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Manu Tuilagi runs with the ball during the England training session

Brian Smith: Defensively, it's a huge gamble by Stuart Lancaster to move Manu Tuilagi out to the wing for second Test

Coach's View: Dagg looked unpickable. McCaw needs to show age is not catching up with him
The All Black lock Brodie Retallick has been too busy playing hard games for the Chiefs to take much notice of England’s tour party

Brian Smith: New Zealand will not be underestimating this weakened squad – they haven't forgotten 2012

They will feel that England are one of the few sides who genuinely have their measure
Andy Farrell (right) is a big figure in the England coaching team and son Owen provides the same commitment on the pitch

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If O’Driscoll ran for Irish president, he’d win the election by a landslide

Will Gatland’s decision to drop Mike Phillips, a star performer last year, come back to haunt him?

Brian Smith: Scrum battle will be crucial, but England must win the bone-on-bone collisions if they want to beat Wales

If there is one thing everyone remembers about last year’s Six Nations game between Wales and England in Cardiff, it is that England took a serious spanking.

Joe Schmidt has made a major impact since taking over as Ireland head coach

Brian Smith: Ireland have shed their inferiority complex and rightfully arrive at Twickenham as favourites in Six Nations clash

There is more to this Irish team than a burning desire to put one over the big country across the water

The battle between Farrell (left) and Ford could become like the Montagues and the Capulets

Brian Smith: You can’t blame Stuart Lancaster for his substitutions in the Six Nations – it is one of the hardest areas for us coaches

The Six Nations has a well-earned reputation for unpredictability and last weekend’s opening round lived up to it: Italy were a good deal more competitive against Wales than many people predicted, while the France-England rumble flew directly in the face of expectation, if we leave aside the performance of Billy Vunipola at No 8.

Billy Vunipola can establish himself by next year's World Cup as the world's best No 8

Brian Smith: England need more tries – and a plan that goes beyond just bullying the French pack in Six Nations

How a team starts a match says everything about  their approach 

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Brian Smith: England’s only hope is trying to successfully contain New Zealand for the entire 80 minutes

If there’s a crumb of  comfort, New Zealand  don’t like Twickenham

Brian Smith: Troubled Argentina can be dangerous but England should tame them

Coach's view: You can have all the talent and potential in the world yet struggle when your players are spread all over the globe

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