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Boss Smith quits after Four Nations final defeat

TONY SMITH has resigned as England rugby league coach, citing family reasons for stepping down. <br /><br />The 42-year-old&rsquo;s decision comes in the aftermath of Saturday&rsquo;s crushing 46-16 Four Nations final defeat to Australia but he insists the result had no bearing on his departure. <br /><br />&ldquo;Even if we had won last night I&rsquo;d still have stepped down,&rdquo; Smith said.<br /><br />Smith, who took charge in March 2007, will remain as head coach of Warrington Wolves but he wants to have more time to spend with his family. <br /><br />&ldquo;All of my coaching career I have put my personal aspirations first, however I must now consider the needs of my family,&rdquo; he added.<br /><br />&ldquo;I will continue to support the national team in any way I can and wish my successor the very best of luck.&rdquo;<br /><br />Of his 16 games in charge, he oversaw 10 victories, including a 3-0 Test series whitewash of New Zealand in 2007, and led his team to the semi-finals of last year&rsquo;s World Cup.