TONY TO FACE BRIAN IN ODSAL CLASH

Rhinos boss Tony Smith is set to pit his wits against his older brother Brian, after the former Bradford coach returned to his old club.

Rhinos boss Tony Smith is set to pit his wits against his older brother Brian, after the former Bradford coach returned to his old club. Bradford Bulls have turned the clock back 10 years by enlisting the help of veteran Australian Brian Smith, who was head coach of the club when Super League kicked off in 1996. Smith, who brought an end to his 10-year stint at Australian club Parramatta earlier this week, will take up a short-term role on the backroom staff of the engage Super League champions from Tuesday. He will assist new head coach Steve McNamara – at 34, the youngest head coach in Super League – and, ironically, his first match will be against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos, the side coached by his younger brother, at Odsal next Friday. Smith, who will return to Australia before the end of the season to prepare for his new job with Newcastle Knights, will be unpaid during his stay with the Bulls. Smith’s son Rohan is assistant coach to Tony Rea at Harlequins.