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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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 

Former All Blacks captain Wayne Shelford, 'a serious hard-case, leads the haka in 1989

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

Sacked by Australia, James O'Connor is at London Irish

Brian Smith: Wallabies are in a much better space than the English like to imagine

Coach's view: Australia will draw confidence from their victory a year ago

How safe is your kitchen? Our system for recalling faulty gas cookers isn't good enough

It is my firm belief that had we seen Beko's recall notices for their faulty cookers my son and his friend would still be alive today

Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach

Brian Smith: What is it about Lions coach Warren Gatland? He’s either smart or really believes in mind games

Coach's view: If Phillips is injured, Warren won’t want Aussies to think it’s wounded the Lions

Australia’s full-back Berrick Barnes is a smart player

Brian Smith: My heart says Australia – my head says it’s going to be mighty close against Lions in the first Test

I’ve never seen anyone hit a ball s straight and true as Halfpenny

George North, the standout Lion, has a hamstring injury

Brian Smith: Opponents panic every time George North gets the ball - he just has to be Test fit

Cheika will not run up the white flag. His Waratahs are a clever side

Mako Vunipola could be the man to come off the bench and make a big impression

Brian Smith: Belligerent ‘Warrenball’ approach won’t faze attitude-fuelled Aussies against Lions

Wallabies love playing sides who think they are superior... put it down to 'convict race' syndrome

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