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Joe Schmidt To Step Down As Irish Coach After World Cup

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Joe Schmidt will finish coaching the Ireland squad after next year's Rugby World Cup, it has been confirmed.

Andy Farrell will become head coach after that tournament.

Mr Schmidt said he's making the decision to 'prioritise family commitments'.

He explained: "I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands. The management and players have been incredible to work with and the tremendous support we have had, particularly at home in the Aviva, but where ever we have travelled has been uplifting.

"There are some inspiring challenges over the next 11 months so there's plenty of motivation for me to continue working hard, alongside the other management staff, so that the team can be as competitive as possible."

Schmidt has led the team to three Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam this year.

Other achievements include a first win on South African soil, and the first home win against New Zealand earlier this month.

Only yesterday he was named World Rugby Coach of the Year, while Ireland was named Team of the Year. Johnny Sexton was named Player of the Year.


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