Joe Schmidt

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt provides a lesson in leadership

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt has returned to his old stamping ground in Palmerston North to encourage students to become strong leaders.

Sport (New Zealand)

Ireland raise the bar before 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

Ireland held out during a nerve-wracking final quarter in Sydney to ensure their historic season ended with another historic achievement.

Rugby World Cup

Busgate Part 2: Joe Schmidt fumes as Ireland arrive late to third test after getting stuck in Sydney traffic

Both sides have won one game each, with today's mouthwatering clash at the Allianz Stadium a chance for Ireland to win their first southern …


Australia 16-20 Ireland: Joe Schmidt's side hold on for historic series win Down Under

Ireland held on to secure a dramatic 20-16 victory in Sydney and their first series win in Australia since 1979.<p>Joe Schmidt's side had the better of …


Joe Schmidt's Ireland have a golden opportunity to achieve something special against Australia

What a difference six months can make. When Eddie Jones signed a new two-year contract extension with the RFU back in January, taking him beyond next year’s World Cup and up to 2021, the England head coach was still very much flavour of the month.<p>Having overseen wins in 22 of his 23 Tests since …

Sport (UK)

Kiwi-born Irish coach Joe Schmidt not rushing job decision

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt is set to wait until the end of the year before deciding whether he wants to carry on post-2019 World Cup.<p>Often …

New Zealand Rugby

Australia vs Ireland, second test: Conway and Furlong tries secure first win in Australia since 1979

Ireland take on Australia in the second game of their three-test series in Melbourne this morning. Kick-off is at 11.05am and you can follow all the …

Joe Schmidt

Johnny Sexton returns to much-changed Ireland side as Joe Schmidt seeks to level series against Australia

Johnny Sexton has returned to Ireland's starting line-up after Joe Schmidt overhauled his team in a bid to stay in contention against Australia.<p>Sexton was a key component in Ireland's Grand Slam success earlier this year but was benched for the first Test in Brisbane.<p>Beaten 18-9 last weekend, …

Rugby Union

The Left Wing: Joe Schmidt's selection policy, the Sean Cronin mystery and the All Blacks get away with one

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to discuss …

New Zealand All Blacks

Joe Schmidt's selection policy, the Sean Cronin mystery and the All Blacks get away with one

New Zealand All Blacks

'Maybe if they had asked a different question we would have gotten a result' - Joe Schmidt frustrated at officials

Ireland were defeated by Australia 18-9 in Brisbane today. The loss marks the end of a 12-game unbeaten run for Ireland, who are currently the second …


Ireland's winning run comes to an end as Joe Schmidt's men crash to defeat against Australia

Australia 18 Ireland 9<p>So the tourists, who were furious with referee Marius van der Westhuizen, need to get everything right in Melbourne and Sydney …


Israel Folau the difference in combative series opener, says Ireland coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt felt Ireland were "pretty close" to getting a result in the first Test with Australia, where Israel Folau stood out as a key man.<p>The …

David Pocock

Joe Schmidt hands Joey Carbery chance to impress at fly-half against Australia

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt sprung a surprise by naming Johnny Sexton among his replacements for Saturday's series opener against Australia, handing Joey Carbery his third Test start at fly-half for the match in Brisbane.<p>Sexton has started the last seven Tests in the number 10 shirt as Ireland …

David Pocock

Joe Schmidt admits surprise at Joey Carbery's move to Munster

Joe Schmidt admits Joey Carbery's move to Munster has caught him by surprise.<p>Ireland head coach Schmidt and David Nucifora, the IRFU's director of …

European Rugby Champions Cup

Rory Best blow for Ireland

Captain Rory Best has been ruled out of Ireland’s three-Test series in Australia because of a knee injury.<p>He has been replaced by Munster hooker …

South African Rugby

Uncapped duo Tadhg Beirne and Ross Byrne get the nod as Joe Schmidt names strong Ireland squad to face Australia

The ex-Leinster lock, who will make the switch to Munster at the end of the current season, will join up with the Ireland squad after this weekend's …

Rob Kearney

Leo Cullen has been told by Joe Schmidt that he must send either Ross Byrne or Joey Carbery to Ulster - report

Joe Schmidt and IRFU performance director David Nucifora have reportedly met with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen to inform him that he must choose …


Leo Cullen has been told by Joe Schmidt that he must send either Ross Byrne or Joey Carbery to Ulster - report

The Sunday Times reports that the Ireland head coach met with Cullen last weekend to inform him that one of his back-up fly-halves would need to go …


Rob Kearney interview: I owe everything to Joe Schmidt

The tale of an Irish-American returning to the old sod to reconnect with distant cousins is hardly remarkable, nor is that of a pair of Irish brothers taking up their successful relative’s invitation to be wined and dined Stateside. If anything, these stories are ingrained in the Irish psyche.<p>There …

Rob Kearney

'Cocktails... I know, times have changed!' - Joe Schmidt reveals details of Ireland's Grand Slam celebrations

The 'Son of the Beast' ensured that not only was the Grand Slam homecoming scheduled for Lansdowne Road cancelled, but that the players were late in …


Stuart Lancaster: Leinster coach up there with Joe Schmidt - Jamie Heaslip

<b>Ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster is "up there" as a coach with Grand Slam winner Joe Schmidt, says Ireland and Leinster great Jamie Heaslip.</b><p>After a dispiriting end to his time in charge of England, Lancaster has been successfully repairing his reputation as senior coach of Pro14 side …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Saracens’ problems reflect those of England with Irish shadow looming | The Breakdown

England and Saracens are structured sides. So are Ireland but they are adept at retaining possession<p>Last May, English rugby celebrated a double double. Saracens retained the European Champions Cup a couple of months after England had held on to the Six Nations title. In two years, they had lost one …

Sport (UK)

Conrad Smith backs Joe Schmidt as the next All Blacks coach

TWO time World Cup winner Conrad Smith has backed Ireland’s Joe Schmidt to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach following his stunning success in …

Sport (Australia)

Rugby: All Blacks great Conrad Smith backs Joe Schmidt for top job

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has received another tick of approval as the rumours continue to mount that he could be the next All Blacks coach.<p>Schmidt's …

New Zealand Rugby

Shoppers urged to leave packaging in supermarkets as part of campaign

However, retailers warn of ‘litter law implications’ if waste left behind<p>Supermarkets need to do more to halt “the rising tide of plastic”, according …

Martin McGuinness

England head coach Eddie Jones retains RFU's backing despite fifth-place Six Nations finish

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England's dismal fifth-place finish in the NatWest Six Nations.<p>Ireland were crowned Grand Slam champions with a conclusive 24-15 victory at Twickenham on Saturday that condemned the hosts to a third consecutive defeat and their …

Rugby Union

ESPN Six Nations Awards 2018

The dust has settled on another thrilling Six Nations but just as Irish heads begin to clear, there is yet more silverware to distribute.<p>Celebrating …

Jacob Stockdale

Joe Schmidt, the hard taskmaster who turned Ireland into a formidable machine

The cancellation of Ireland’s Grand Slam homecoming celebrations on Sunday was proof that Joe Schmidt’s seemingly omnipotent powers do have certain limits.<p>In nearly every other aspect during this year’s tournament, Schmidt has been the master of all he has surveyed. At times during his five-year …

Sport (UK)

Ireland's Joe Schmidt relieved to seal Grand Slam with win over England – video

England rugby union team,Ireland rugby union team,Six Nations 2018,Rugby Football Union,Sport<p>Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, relayed his sense of relief and pride after his side’s 24-15 win at Twickenham put the icing on the cake of their Six Nations crown. England’s Eddie Jones was pragmatic in …

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