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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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

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

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Brian Smith: Wallabies are watching Six Nations closely, hungry for Lions clues

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Brian Smith: Why Stuart Lancaster is right to change a winning England team for the wounded French

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Chris Robshaw has been criticised for his decision-makingChris Robshaw has been criticised for his decision-making

Brian Smith: Chris Robshaw needs help from England coaches with late decisions

Coach’s view: As it is, he’s going to start shaking every time the clock shows two minutes to go

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