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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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

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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

The goat mascot has a habit of upsetting the opposition

Brian Smith: The Welsh goat is just annoying. I once hit it with a ball but it ignored me...

Coach's View: If England can bring it down to a kicking game they can win big test

Australia coach Robbie Deans is deep in planning mode

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

Coach's View: England, growing in confidence by the game, are huge favourites

Stuart Lancaster has had the wisdom to shuffle his pack

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

Coach’s View: France will be hurting, and that makes them dangerous

Misery for England during the visit to Dublin in 2011
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Brian Smith: Dublin and Cardiff will be tough, but home ties make England favourites

Coach's View: England can drop a game in a tight tournament and still win the prize

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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