Leinster coach Joe Schmidt's home broken into during cup trip
Published 11/12/2012 | 05:00
LEINSTER boss Joe Schmidt's Dublin home was broken into while he was away with the European champions in France.
The incident occurred just after the end of the Heineken Cup match on Sunday, where Leinster were beaten 15-12 by Clermont Auvergne, at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.
It's believed the culprits got into the New Zealander's house after dark by breaking a window, and some property is believed to have been taken.
Gardai arrested three men near the scene shortly afterwards, and brought them for questioning to Rathfarnham garda station.
A garda spokesman said: "We can confirm that members were alerted to a break-in in the Churchtown area at 6.15pm on Sunday.
"We can also confirm that three males were arrested a short time later near the scene. Property taken was recovered."
He said that one of the men was released after questioning with a file to be prepared for the DPP.
Two suspects appeared in Tallaght District Court yesterday where they were charged in connection with the burglary.
One of the men was released on bail, while the other, a 44-year-old from Rathfarnham, was remanded in custody.
He is also charged with possession of black leather gloves and a torch for use in a theft at another address in Churchtown on the same date.
Double Heineken Cup-winning coach Schmidt (pictured) is hugely popular in his adopted province and in turn has taken the eastern counties to his heart. Behind the scenes he does a huge amount of ambassadorial work for the club and rugby in general.
"Joe's a real gent and we were really saddened to see his home broken into while he was away," said a garda source.
Mr Schmidt arrived back in Dublin yesterday after the defeat that ended Leinster's 17-match unbeaten streak in the Heineken Cup.