The IRFU have appointed Joe Schmidt to the position of head coach to replace Declan Kidney and to lead the national side into the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
At the press conference held to announce his appointment Schmidt said; “It’s an honour to be selected as the Ireland Team Coach. I’m very conscious of the responsibilities that go with the position and look forward to working alongside the players in an effort to meet those responsibilities through the quality of our performance.”
As head coach of Leinster, Schmidt has twice lifted the Heineken Cup and the Rabo Direct Pro 12 trophies. This success, in combination with his quiet determination, humility, relationship building and team ethic, have taken Schmidt to the top of the Irish game.
Brian O’Driscoll was glowing in his praise of Schmidt saying, “I’ve really enjoyed my last three years under him. I think I’ve learned a huge amount. I probably learned more in those three years than I did from any other coach in the previous 10, so I look forward to coming in and hearing what he has to say.”
The Rugby Site would like to wish Joe all the best with his new role.
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