Tony Smith’s career in detail as coach joins Hull KR

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Tony Smith’s career in detail as coach joins Hull KR

A career spanning 18 years, amassing over 400 games, Tony Smith has only ever coached in Super League and continues that trend with Hull Kingston Rovers until the end of the 2019 campaign.

After finishing his nine-year playing career in 1996 with Workington Town, following stints with Illawarra Steelers and St George Dragons, Smith began his life behind the desks with Huddersfield Giants in 2001 before going on to manage Leeds Rhinos, winning two Grand Finals and one World Club Challenge trophy during three successful years at Headingley.

He then went on to coach Great Britain from 2007 and was named RLIF coach of the year, before naturally moved to the England set-up, taking the Wall of White to the semi-finals of the 2008 World Cup.

The Australian returned to the domestic competition with Warrington in March 2009, leading the Wolves to their first Challenge Cup final appearance in almost 20 years and first victory in the competition since the mid-1970s.

Smith secured another Wembley triumph in 2010, and scooped the Super League League Leaders Shield the following year. 2012 signalled Smith’s last silverware at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with another Cup final win.

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