Friday 30 September 2016

'Things outside rugby dictate my decisions' - Joe Schmidt on extending IRFU contract

Published 19/03/2016 | 20:27

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is extremely popular with fans
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is extremely popular with fans

Joe Schmidt faced further questions on his future with the Irish rugby team after their 35-25 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.

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Schmidt, who led Ireland to back-to-back Six nations titles in 2014 and 2015, claimed that the questions were premature and he has plenty of time to decide where his future lies after his contract expires in the summer of 2017.

The Kiwi explained earlier this week that the decision on his long-term coaching future was down to far more than simply the enjoyment factor he gets from leading Ireland.

His son Luke suffers from epilepsy and Schmidt suggested his next move will have as much to do with what best suits his family as anything else.

"That was a shock to me (questions on his future). I'm contracted right through to the middle of next year... It's still over a year away and one of the reason why the contract wasn't particularly long was because I have a few things outside of rugby that dictate my decision making... a lot of my decision making and we'll see how that goes," he said.

"I couldn't wish for a better group to work with, both the backroom staff and this team are superb. What they demonstrate on the pitch is how passionate they are to play for their country.

"It's a bit of honour to be involved with the group."

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