Joe Schmidt To Consider Ireland Future


Joe Schmidt will decide his long-term future with Ireland after this summer’s tour of South Africa.

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Schmidt’s current contract with the IRFU runs up to the end of next season (2016-17), but he has to decide whether or not he’ll continue until the World Cup in Japan in 2019.

The New Zealander explained why he wants to make the decision a year before his contract is up.

“It’s really important that there is a clear pathway for players to know that there’s some continuity there or if that continuity is going to be with someone else. That there’s a span of enough time that they can get the game up and running as they see it best being played. I am conscious of my responsibility there.”