Joe Schmidt Extends IRFU Contract

The Irish Rugby Football Union on Wednesday announced that Joe Schmidt has signed a contract extension to remain as Ireland Head Coach until June 30, 2017.  Since taking on the role of head coach Joe and his coaching team has won back-to-back 6 Nations Championship titles and a first Test Series win in the Southern Hemisphere.  Ireland was unbeaten during the 2014 Autumn Internationals which included victories over South Africa and Australia.
 
Since Schmidt was appointed in 2013, 56 players, including 14 new caps, have represented Ireland.  The team has achieved a 78% win ratio with 14 wins and four losses from the 18 Test matches played to date.  Ireland was ranked eighth in the world in October 2013 and are currently ranked third.   

Announcing the extension of Joe Schmidt’s contract, IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora says:  ‘We believe that Joe is one of the leading coaches in world rugby so we are delighted that he has extended his contract and will continue to work in Irish Rugby until the end of the 2016/17 season.  Outside of his national team duties, Joe has contributed to the development of indigenous coaches across the provincial and underage structures as well as having a positive input into the Ireland Under-20s and Women’s squads.’  IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne, says:  ‘Joe embodies the core values of the IRFU in what he does and his commitment to the national team is mirrored by his support of Rugby clubs and schools.  He is a tremendous ambassador for our game and will continue to be a vital asset to Irish Rugby over the coming years.’
 
Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt, commented:  ‘I appreciate the support I have had from the IRFU and look forward to the next two challenging years with the National Team.  It has been great to be involved in such a player driven environment, along with such a skilled and positive staff to support them in their quest to be as competitive as possible.’