Joe Schmidt looks set to land Ireland job

Last updated 16:11 23/04/2013
Joe Schmidt
Reuters
NEXT LEVEL: Kiwi Joe Schmidt is the new Ireland rugby coach.

Relevant offers

International

Lions tour: Rugby Round Table and key match-ups for first All Blacks v Lions test Lions tour: Tour Diary Lions tour: Gavin Henson on Rico Gear hit in 2005: "I've had enough, I want to go off" Lions tour: How Graham Henry would hit the Lions if still All Blacks coach Lions tour: No longer mission impossible for Lions whose test picks strike fear - UK media Christian Lealiifano plays for Brumbies for first time since leukemia diagnosis Lions tour: Steve Hansen gets a bit scratchy when it comes to Kieran Read Lions tour: Dan Carter admits he was naive about how intense a Lions series would be Former All Black Francis Saili signs long-term deal with Harlequins Lions tour: Mark Reason: Auckland and London watch on a world apart

New Zealand's Joe Schmidt appears set to get the Irish rugby coaching job, confirming a positive interview and a liking for the terms that come with the position.

British media are suggesting an appointment could be confirmed by the end of the week as Ireland look to replace Declan Kidney, the long-serving coach who finished up after a disastrous Six Nations campaign.

If appointed Schmidt would become the sixth New Zealander in charge of top tier international team.

The other five are Steve Hansen (New Zealand), Robbie Deans (Australia), Warren Gatland (Wales), Kieran Crowley (Canada) and Milton Haig (Georgia).

Schmidt has a proven record and no shortage of admirers in his adopted country. He has won two Heineken Cups during his time in charge of Irish powerhouse Leinster,  

"I have had a really good chat with the Irish Rugby Football Union," Schmidt told The Guardian newspaper.

"We know each other pretty well and it is a super job, one of the biggest in the game."

Schmidt felt the national position might allow him more time for his family life where there are pressures with his nine-year-old son Luke suffering from epilepsy.

"One of the things for me at the moment is that I have a seven-day working week," the conscientious Schmidt said of his Leinster role.

"When a national team is in camp it is very busy but it is a job that would give me some flexible time to help and support Luke and my wife."

Schmidt has extended his Leinster deal for another year but a role in the test scene could supplant that.

The All Blacks will play Ireland in Dublin on their northern tour in November.

Schmidt is a former Bay of Plenty coach and Blues assistant coach.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the better Springboks lock?

Bakkies Botha

Victor Matfield

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content