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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Smith to seek advice from Noble
New GB boss Tony Smith
Smith's first match in charge is set to be against France in June
New Great Britain coach Tony Smith plans to tap into the experience of predecessor Brian Noble.

The 40-year-old Australian, who is currently in charge of Leeds, has been handed a two-and-a-half-year contract that runs to the end of 2009.

"I will speak to Brian. I hope the friendship we have will be more than helpful," said Smith.

"I'll be trying to get as much information out of him and help from him and from other coaches as well."

The Lions have failed to reach the final of the last two Tri-Nations tournaments and Smith is determined to make a fresh start.

"It's a real chance for everybody to get behind the international scene and the national team and try to make it a success," said the Leeds boss.

606: DEBATE

"There is outstanding talent in this country.

"I believe there has been a good foundation laid by Brian Noble and David Waite and I'm really looking forward to taking up their work and taking it further.

"There is a lot of work to be done but there are a lot of positives about our game that don't get portrayed."

An outspoken critic of the enormous burden placed on the game's leading players, Smith plans to work behind the scenes to reduce their workload once he becomes full-time Lions coach in October.

"I'll be talking to the relevant people about that," he said.

"I certainly want to talk to the coaches about the possibility of resting players when you can. I understand the situation from both sides."

Smith also hopes to help stem the flow of players to rugby union, although he does not believe the situation has reached a critical stage.

"We don't need to panic about it just yet but we do need to sit down and rationally discuss it and come up with strategies.

"One of the biggest things we can do is create an environment where people don't want to leave and that's the biggest role I can play."

SEE ALSO
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26 Mar 07 |  Rugby League
Lions close to naming new coach
23 Mar 07 |  Rugby League
Edwards rules out GB coaching job
15 Mar 07 |  Rugby League
GB coach change forces Noble out
17 Jan 07 |  International
Noble named GB coach
06 May 04 |  Rugby League


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