Wayne Smith is arguably the finest rugby brain in the world — a man the players he coached dubbed ‘The Professor’. In Smithy: Endless Winters & The Spring of ’22, we’ll hear from not only Wayne, but also the women and men who took the Ferns to a World title.
In this long-awaited memoir, Wayne Smith will tell his best, most entertaining, insightful, and amusing anecdotes from an amazing career in in the game. We’ll look inside the Black Ferns’ World Cup triumph, which saw Wayne go from a man entitled to free bus rides with his Gold Card, to the dancing leader of a diverse, vibrant group of players and coaches who won all Kiwis’ hearts.
Phil Gifford is the first person to be twice voted New Zealand Sports Journalist of the Year.
He has reported on every Rugby World Cup since 1987, and on four Commonwealth and one Olympic Games.
In 1973 he invented the satirical rugby character ‘Loosehead Len’, who ran in print for 32 years.
As a breakfast radio host at Radio Hauraki, 91ZM, and More FM, he has won two Australasian and 14 New Zealand radio awards.
Smithy is his 29th book.