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Joe Schmidt Commits To Ireland For Rugby World Cup 2019

Joe Schmidt Commits To Ireland For Rugby World Cup 2019

The Irish Rugby Football Union can today confirm that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will continue in his role up to the end of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Appointed ahead of the 2013 GUINNESS Series, Joe Schmidt has been involved in a period of sustained success and achievement with the national team.  

Back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles were secured in 2014 and 2015, a first Test Series win in the southern Hemisphere was recorded in Argentina in 2014 and a first ever Test victory over the Springboks on South African soil was achieved at the end of the 2015/16 season.

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Joe Schmidt at training withe the Ireland Squad
Since taking over the head coach position in November 2013, Schmidt has capped 71 players including 26 new caps. 
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora commented: “Joe is one of the leading coaches in world rugby and it is fantastic for Irish rugby that he has committed until the end of the World Cup cycle. We have a talented group of coaches and Joe has been central to attracting coaching talent and driving success with the national team.”
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: “The IRFU is delighted to confirm that Joe will continue through to the next World Cup. Since coming to Ireland he has made a huge contribution to Irish rugby at provincial and national level and also actively supports our clubs across the four provinces.”
Joe Schmidt added: “I’d like to thank the IRFU for their patience and confidence as the decision to continue took somewhat longer than I’d anticipated. It is difficult at times being so far away from extended family but we appreciate how lucky we are to have the support we have here in Ireland.
“The strength of the rugby community has been incredibly visible over the past week and the enthusiasm of management and players to improve and compete is complemented by a really positive camaraderie.
“The wider community has made us welcome and as a family we have benefited immensely from their support.
“Looking forward, there are positive signs with the Under-20s finalists at the World U-20 Championship this year, the provinces topping three of the five European Champions Cup pools as well as Ulster and Leinster sharing the lead of the PRO12 at present.
“With the GUINNESS Series about to begin, facing a dominant New Zealand team along with Canada and Australia is going to be a tremendous challenge.”