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Schmidt Signs Contract Extension With Leinster

Schmidt Signs Contract Extension With Leinster

Leinster Rugby have announced that Joe Schmidt has signed a one-year extension to his contract and will remain with the province until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

Joe Schmidt has led the province to back-to-back Heineken Cup triumphs as well as the runners-up position in each of the last two RaboDirect PRO12 finals.

He linked up with Leinster fresh from securing the Bouclier de Brennus with French club Clermont Auvergne in the summer of 2010.

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Commenting on his extended deal, the 46-year-old New Zealander said: “I am delighted to sign an extension to my contract here with Leinster. I’m lucky to be part of such a positive coaching team and to have the top quality support staff we have.

“The professionalism of the players is a real asset and they constantly challenge themselves and each other to improve, which makes them a great group to coach.

“The wider Leinster community have really made my family and I feel welcome here and we have been fortunate to have enjoyed some memorable success on the field. Let’s hope that with continued hard work – and a bit of luck – that there will be more bright days ahead.”

Leinster Rugby Chief Executive Michael Dawson added: “I am delighted that Joe will remain with Leinster for the next two seasons. Since arriving from France he has overseen and led a period of great growth and success for Leinster, both on and off the field.

“Joe is an outstanding leader and ambassador for the province and he continues to cultivate strong values within our organisation. I know that this news will be welcomed by our loyal following across the province and beyond.”