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Joe Schmidt to appear on Late Late Show for first in-depth interview since Ireland's Rugby World Cup exit

Published 23/10/2015 | 11:44

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt will appear on tonight's Late Late Show for the first in-depth interview since Ireland's disappointing exit from the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

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The Ireland head coach has given limited interviews since the quarter final clash with Argentina which saw Ireland beaten 43-20 as key players including Paul O'Connell, Johnny Sexton, Jared Payne, and Peter O'Mahony were lost to injury.

It is understood Schmidt will join Ryan Tubridy in studio to discuss the team’s overall performance at the tournament, the battles against France and Agrentina, and the disappointment of failing to progress beyond the quarter finals.

Fresh from the red carpet at the Brooklyn Irish premiere at the Savoy last night, Saoirse Ronan will also pop in to talk about the movie and those Oscar rumours.

Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Saoirse Ronan, Ali Hewson, Bono
Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Saoirse Ronan, Ali Hewson, Bono

Also, as the Late Late country special kicks off Daniel O'Donnell will give his first Irish TV interview since he exited Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday and he'll delight fans by performing one of his most popular tracks.

Ireland’s king of country Big Tom (80) will also be making a rare appearance and he will be joined by The Mainliners for a performance of his enduring hit “Four Country Roads”.

Nathan Carter will also be dropping in for a chat and will perform a unique rendition of his hit 'Wagon Wheel'.

Raggle Taggle Gypsy singer Derek Ryan will also join Ryan in studio as will Mike Denver, Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, Declan Nerney, TR Dallas and country newcomer Lisa McHugh.

Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff (centre) with the show’s host Tess Daly after the singer became the third celebrity to be voted off this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Guy Levy
Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff (centre) with the show’s host Tess Daly after the singer became the third celebrity to be voted off this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Guy Levy

The Three Amigos – Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell and Patrick Feeney - will also be reuniting for the night.

Earlier this week, Midlands radio station Shannonside-Northern Sound ran a competition for two tickets to the Late Late country special and the flood of entries crashed their system.

“The response has been phenomenal and the line-up is huge," said Ryan Tubridy.

"We have been actively promoting the country scene on The Late Late Show for the last six years, bringing classic acts to a new generation and introducing the big new names. Getting all those people into one room is going to be lots of fun”.

The Late Late Show, Fridays, 9.35pm

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