Tony Smith's involvement with British Rugby League began in 1996, finishing his playing career with Workington Town in the inaugural Super League season having previously represented both Illawarra Steelers and the St. George Dragons in his native Australia. He secured his first coaching role at Huddersfield Giants in September 2001 followed by a glittering four season spell in charge of Leeds Rhinos, expertly guiding the side to three Grand Final appearances and two Super League titles. His stewardship of the Rhinos made Tony the obvious choice to take up the reins from Brian Noble as coach of Great Britain and England in 2007 before returning to club rugby as Head Coach at Warrington Wolves two years later. His appointment marked the Cheshire side's reawakening as a credible force in the English top flight as he led the club to their first Challenge Cup title since 1974 in his first season in charge and further successes in 2010 and 2012. Tony coached the Wolves to their first League Leader's Shield in the Super League era in 2011 becoming the first team in six years to break 1,000 points scored during a season.