Saturday 20 January 2018

Joe Schmidt: 'I am not a patient man'

Joe Schmidt
Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt took time out of planning Ireland's retention of the Six Nations to defend Jared Payne against the barbed comments handed down by RTE pundit George Hook.

"I was incredibly disappointed with one of the so-called pundits slating one of our midfield when I thought he played a good game (against Wales)," he said.

"It is one of those unfortunate by-products of having people for entertainment value as opposed to people who are more in-depth in their analysis, as the other two panellists were."

It is unusual for Schmidt to get side-tracked, even for a split-second, while acknowledging: "I am not a patient man."

The Ireland coach also defended his team against the charge that they lacked leaders against the Welsh when the match was there to be won.

"How do you get leaders?" asked Schmidt.

"You've got to give people responsibility and put them in a position where that leadership is demanded of them."

He did turn his focus back towards retaining the Six Nations, admitting: "It would still mean a heck of a lot, without a doubt."

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