Joe Schmidt to quit Ireland after Rugby World Cup


Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he will step down after the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he will step down after the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

Joe Schmidt says he will finish coaching following the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. He will be replaced by Ireland’s current defence coach, Andy Farrell.

Just hours after being named as World Rugby’s top coach, the New Zealander appears to have called quits on his coaching career.

“I have decided to finish coaching and will prioritise family commitments after the RWC in 2019,” he said on Monday.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a light-hearted moment with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen before Ireland's win in Dublin on November 17.

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a light-hearted moment with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen before Ireland’s win in Dublin on November 17.

“I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands. The management and players have been incredible to work with and the tremendous support we have had, particularly at home in the Aviva, but where ever we have travelled has been uplifting.

“Thank you to the IRFU for their support and patience and thanks also to so many people who have adopted my family and me, making us feel part of the community here in Ireland.

“There are some inspiring challenges over the next 11 months so there’s plenty of motivation for me to continue working hard, alongside the other management staff, so that the team can be as competitive as possible.”

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