Joe Schmidt being lined up for top head coach role in Europe
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Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is being lined up for a top coaching role in Europe following his departure from the All Blacks.
Schmidt enjoyed incredible success during his time on the Emerald Isle, winning multiple trophies with Leinster and the Ireland national team, including two Heineken Cups and a Six Nations Grand Slam.
He took a break from coaching following his Ireland exit after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, briefly working with World Rugby, before taking up an assistant role with the Blues and then the All Blacks where he was an assistant to Ian Foster at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, helping guide them to the final.
The New Zealander is now being lined up to take over at Montpellier in the Top 14, according to Midi Libre. Ian Foster is also a candidate for the role with former French champions, but it’s believed that Schmidt is the preferred choice.
Schmidt has experience in France having coached Clermont from 2007 to 2010 before joining Leinster, and is still highly-regarded in the game given his success at both domestic and international level.