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Joe Schmidt

# joe-schmidt - Friday 18 April, 2014

Nucifora to bring ‘greater alignment across all areas’ of Irish rugby

The Australian’s newly-created position was born in a post-2011 Rugby World Cup review by the IRFU.

‘It’s in my interests to go’ – Cian Healy unwilling to rest for Argentina tour

The 26-year-old Leinster loosehead prop says Munster are ‘well capable’ of winning against Toulon in the Heineken Cup.

# joe-schmidt - Thursday 17 April, 2014

IRFU: ‘Absolutely no point’ in forcing Henshaw to switch provinces

IRFU focused on players’ “best interests in terms of getting to progress to with the national team.”

# joe-schmidt - Friday 11 April, 2014

O’Mahony in buoyant mood after surgery, will help Munster’s analysis team — Penney

The head coach urged his captain not to rush his return to competitive rugby and instead focus on ‘getting himself right for the long term.’

# joe-schmidt - Thursday 10 April, 2014

SNAPSHOT: Fan sends Brian O’Driscoll and Ireland some kicking advice

Ireland’s struggles to place-kick from the right-hand side of the pitch appear to have been solved.

# joe-schmidt - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

“I have learnt so much from being involved” – Robbie Henshaw

19 months ago, Robbie Henshaw sat his Leaving Certificate.

# joe-schmidt - Friday 28 March, 2014

Shane Byrne: ‘Munster will be bloody hard to beat but I’m going with Leinster’

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker believes both coaches have shadow boxed in terms of selections.

# joe-schmidt - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Munster’s meagre Six Nations representation not Leinster’s problem

Blues forwards coach Jono Gibbes is not buying attempts to ramp up Saturday’s interpro as a grudge match for overlooked players.

# joe-schmidt - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Flavin: Irish players will be fighting each other to get on the plane to Argentina

The former Connacht and Ireland Wolfhounds hooker believes Joe Schmidt will tour with a strong squad this summer.

# joe-schmidt - Saturday 22 March, 2014

This is the Ireland squad we would pick if the World Cup was starting next week

We are 18 months away from the showpiece tournament and nailing our flag to the mast way too soon.

Ireland’s incredible journey from Roman ruins to Six Nations champions

Joe Schmidt took over a side that had fallen to their lowest world ranking spot and turned them into Europe-beaters.

# joe-schmidt - Friday 21 March, 2014

Analysis: How did Ireland win the Six Nations? (Part 2)

The GIFs and videos are back out as we look at Ireland’s rucking, tactical add-ons, discipline, decoys and more.

Analysis: How did Ireland win the Six Nations? (Part 1)

Using videos and GIFs, we’ve examined some of the elements that went into Joe Schmidt’s men being crowned champions.

Dave McSharry eager to finish season on a high and make Irish summer tour

The inside centre played for the Wolfhounds last January and could yet be a long term option for Joe Schmidt’s new midfield.

# joe-schmidt - Thursday 20 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tilt

Joe Schmidt has a habit of reaching his targets, writes Simon Hick.

# joe-schmidt - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

All about Joe Schmidt’s ‘Killer drill’ and the tactics that delivered a Six Nations

Trevor Hogan, speaking on Off The Ball last night, gave an insight into a training ground technique that directly led to two Irish tries.

Racing Métro will meet Joe Schmidt in September to discuss Sexton workload

Laurent Labit says the rumours of his out-half’s return to Ireland made him laugh.

Paris heroics just reward for Andrew Trimble’s nine-year journey of discovery

The Ulster winger will take some shifting from Joe Schmidt’s starting XV after a superb Six Nations.

Opinion: Ireland’s unsung heroes hit right note to deliver Six Nations title

The Whiff of Cordite gang pay tribute to the squad players that saw Ireland over the line in Paris.

# joe-schmidt - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Jared Payne ‘definitely another guy in the frame’ to replace BOD

The Ulster back is expected to sign up for the Irish cause ahead of the Autumn internationals.

Ferris, Ryan and Bowe in Schmidt’s thoughts as World Cup planning begins

The Ireland coach pointed out that he has just 10 games to get his Six Nations champions ready for next year’s rugby showcase.

Joe Schmidt: ‘It would be great to have Jonny Sexton back in the country’

The Ireland coach feels an imminent return for the out-half is unlikely, however.

# joe-schmidt - Monday 17 March, 2014

Jonny Sexton dismisses reports of a summer return to Leinster

It may cost the IRFU up to €700,000 to compensate Racing Métro for the out-half’s services.

Here’s what the French newspapers are saying after Ireland’s win in Paris

We’ve scanned the pages of Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Aujourd’hui en France to find out what they’re talking about.

Chris Henry: ‘I think there’s a lot more to come from this group of players’

Ireland’s openside flanker had an outstanding championship as he thrived under Joe Schmidt’s coaching.

# joe-schmidt - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Devin Toner enjoying ‘cool feeling’ after Ireland’s pack power to Six Nations success

The Leinster lock has been almost ever-present for Ireland this season and is playing the finest rugby of his career.

Ireland’s Six Nations champions return home to a heroes’ welcome

Joe Schmidt’s side fly back into Dublin after their Six Nations triumph.

‘We have a very player-driven environment, I’m just one small cog’ – Joe Schmidt

Ireland’s head coach refused to accept the credit after guiding Ireland to their Six Nations triumph.

Paul O’Connell: ‘I’m so happy for the lads, and for Brian in his last international’

The Ireland captain has lauded the influence of Joe Schmidt in turning around a team that finished fifth last year.

# joe-schmidt - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Paul O’Connell eyes room for improvement even at finest hour

The captain doesn’t sound like a man ready to stop at two championship medals.

Joe Schmidt: ‘Fairytale continued right until the end for magic man O’Driscoll’

The New Zealander already has one eye on the future after claiming silverware in his first season at the international helm.

Out of 10: How Ireland rated in this evening’s Six Nations victory over France

Here’s how we felt Joe Schmidt’s men performed during their 22-20 success in Paris.

4 key tactical areas for Ireland to rule at the Stade de France

The set-piece will be vital against France, as will holding onto the ball and the impact of the bench.


Poll: Who do you think will win the Six Nations Championship today? Your Say This post contains a poll

# joe-schmidt - Friday 14 March, 2014

Here’s what the French papers are saying about tomorrow’s showdown in Paris

We’ve taken a look at what they’re writing in Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Le Parisien.

Fervent kick chase key to shutting down French counter attack — O’Connell

The captain and his coach are intent on limiting ammunition to Les Bleus’ back three.

# joe-schmidt - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Shane Byrne: ‘Teed up for France to have a cracker but Ireland for the win’

‘Any other sane coach would have Morgan Parra back in’ says the former Leinster and Ireland hooker on Philippe Saint-Andre’s team selection.

O’Connell trusting processes and passion to deliver elusive 6 Nations prize

The Ireland captain has never won in Paris. He’s hoping ending that run will result in a medal this weekend.

The best pictures from Ireland’s final training run on home soil

Joe Schmidt was able to run two Irish XVs against each other as he perfects a game-plan to take France down.

Schmidt demanding Ireland grasp opportunity in biggest game of his career

Playing France with the Championship on the line was a dream scenario in January, now the Kiwi wants to make winning silverware a reality.

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