Friday 25 May 2018

Joe Schmidt targeting World Cup semi-final with Ireland

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt is targeting a semi-final finish at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

The Kiwi, who was speaking on tonight's Late Late Show, is looking to make history by leading Ireland to their first ever appearance in the last four at the biggest competition in world rugby.

Asking what he would be happy with looking back in two years time, he said: "It will be great to have got to a semi-final at the world cup. That would be something to be massively proud of because it hasn't been done before and it would be great to break that history.

"If you make the semi-final, then you are one of four teams and you have a chance to go further and that would be fantastic.

On this season's Six Nations, he added: "To get a top two finish in the Six Nations this time around but nothing is given out easily."

Joe Schmidt admitted that there won't be many of any surprises in his Six Nations squad which he announces next Tuesday.

"I don't think we'll see any surprises. We won't see two of the best loose forwards going around in Stephen Ferris and Sean O'Brien.

"Sean had an operation last Friday, he's likely to be out for four months and maybe beyond that."

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