Jamie Jones-Buchanan had the pleasure of playing under some of the best coaches in Super League history.
He has now branded one as a “Jedi” however in the shape of former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith who is now in charge of Hull FC.
“I love watching him in the dugout. He looks like he has his mojo back,” Buchanan said on BBC.
“He is the most successful coach in Super League, most experienced.
“For me, he has made that next step to guru.”
Asked by Smith’s 2004 Grand Final opponent Brian Noble if: “Is he a guru or a Jedi?”
Buchanan then took a shot at Noble and John Kear – interestingly the two coaches who beat Buchanan and Smith in 2005 major finals – calling them Sith Lords, the enemies of the Jedi.
“Bit of both for me. He’s definitely not a Sith Lord, these two are Sith Lords here with me,” Buchanan responded.
“He had that wall of evidence. He had a seven game run of defeats but everyone had faith that he could pull it back and he has done it.
“Imagine a Hull FC vs Hull KR Challenge Cup Final. Last one out turn off the lights. It would be great for rugby league.”