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Saturday 16 December 2017

Joe Schmidt’s home burgled day after England victory

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has leaders of exceptional substance in every line of his team
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has leaders of exceptional substance in every line of his team

IRELAND rugby coach Joe Schmidt’s Dublin home has been burgled for a second time.

Thieves targeted his southside home the day after his side’s resounding victory over England in the Six Nations.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the robbery that took place on Monday afternoon.

Cash

It is understood the thieves gained entrance to the house through a side window and made away with a sum of foreign currency.

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) did not respond to a request for comment this morning.

It is not the first time that robbers have struck at the rugby coach’s home around a key match. In December 2012, the New Zealander’s home was broken into while he was abroad in France for a Heineken Cup match.

Mr Schmidt’s then team Leinster were playing Clermont Auvergne.

On that occasion one of his prized Heineken Cup winners medals was also taken in the raid.

However, the medal was recovered in “pristine condition”, a court heard.

One of the thieves on that occasion, Fergus Donegan, of Nutgrove Crescent, Rathfarnham was placed on a peace bond of €750 for two years after his case was heard in October 2013.

He was spared a conviction at Tallaght District Court.

Donegan’s co-accused, Christy Connors (20), of Green Street, Wexford, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service at an earlier court hearing.

SLAM

The latest burglary came just a day after Ireland’s 19-9 victory over England at the Aviva Stadium.

The hard-working coach has been busy in the days after the match as he awaits updates on the injuries suffered by Jonathan Sexton and Sean O’Brien, who took a strong blow on the pitch and appeared to suffer concussion.

Having beaten England, France and Italy so far this season, the boys in green are on course not only to defend their Six Nations title, but to take the Grand Slam as well.

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