Joe Schmidt in line for top international job and face off with Andy Farrell

Old friends.

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt faced off with his former assistant Andy Farrell as recently as the Rugby World Cup in France – but we could see the pair do it with both in the top seats in the not-too-distant future.

Farrell took over as Ireland head coach when Schmidt departed after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with Schmidt taking a break from the game before ultimately ending up back in New Zealand as an assistant to Ian Foster, via a stint with the Blues.

The 58-year-old New Zealander is yet to return to a head coach role since leaving Ireland but that could soon be about to change with The Roar in Australia reporting that he’s in line to take over as Wallabies boss following Eddie Jones’ departure.

And with Farrell the frontrunner to lead the British and Irish Lions in 2025, we could see the pair do battle in a three-test series in Australia.

The Wallabies struggled at the World Cup and are in need of an experienced coach like Schmidt to restore some integrity to the green and gold, and the report adds that the Kiwi’s appointment would be welcomed by the franchises.

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