Wednesday 19 June 2019

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt turned down a job with the All Blacks in 2017

Joe Schmidt. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Joe Schmidt. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Joe Schmidt turned down a job on the All Blacks backroom team to lead Ireland to next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that Schmidt was offered the chance to replace Wayne Smith in the All Blacks setup last year and return home but instead he opted to sign a new two-year with Ireland.

The paper claims that NZ rugby wanted Schmidt to work alongside Ian Foster with one of them to replace Steve Hansen when he decided to step down.

Schmidt was a leading candidate to replace Hansen until he announced last month that he would 'finish coaching' after guiding Ireland through next year's World Cup to prioritise family commitments.

Andy Farrell will take over from the Kiwi after the tournament in Japan.

Schmidt was crowned World Rugby Coach of the Year for 2018 after leading Ireland to a third ever Grand Slam title, a first ever win over the All Blacks on Irish soil and a series win over the Wallabies in the summer.

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