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Josef Schmidt Ireland Coach


About Josef Schmidt

New Zealander, Joe Schmidt was appointed as head coach of the Irish national side in April 2013. Schmidt had previously been head coach at Leinster Rugby, leading them to successive Heineken Cup victories during his 3 year tenure.

Previously, Schmidt helped guide Clermont Auvergne to their first ever Top 14 title in France, in his capacity of assistant coach to Vern Cotter. A backline expert, Schmidt’s exploits alongside his fellow Kiwi saw him rise to prominence thanks to a consistent run of competitive seasons.


Coaching Career:
2003-2004: Bay of Plenty (Ranfurly Shield 2004 – 1 successful defence)
2004-2007: Auckland Blues (Assistant)
2007-2010: Clarmont Auvergne (Top 14 winner 2010 & runners-up 2008,2009)
2010-2013: Leinster (Heineken Cup winner 2011, 2002 & Mangers League runner’s 2011, 2012)
2013–present: Ireland

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