Tuesday 12 December 2017

IRFU trying to sign Joe Schmidt on long term deal

Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt

The IRFU are believed to be on the cusp of offering coach Joe Schmidt a long-term contract extension to keep him with Ireland for the foreseeable future.

The National Performance Director David Nucifora was the man behind the return of Jonathan Sexton to Leinster and is keen to extend Schmidt's deal (which runs until 2016) as outside clubs and countries vie for his services.

The New Zealander has never really spoken about the lure of becoming the All Blacks coach, although the general opinion in Europe is that he is the best in the world.

Schmidt masterminded Ireland's defence of the Six Nations for the first time in the professional era and the retention of the Championship for just the second time in 66 years.

It leaves Ireland in rude health as they hold onto a World Ranking of three on the back of their 40-10 victory over Scotland taking them to their 11th win from twelve matches.

The Ireland Women completed a remarkable weekend by devouring Scotland 73-3 to win the Six Nations for the second time in three years.

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