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Joe Schmidt’s emergence from the shadows could spell danger for Ireland’s hopes

Cian Tracey


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Former Leinster and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Leinster and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Leinster and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Long before a ball has even been kicked on Ireland’s tour to New Zealand, the shadow of Joe Schmidt has loomed large.

Not officially due to start his new role as an ‘independent selector’ for the All Blacks until after the three-Test Series against Ireland, you always sensed that it would be naive to overlook his insight.


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