Joe Schmidt has committed himself to the job until the 2019 World Cup
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) confirmed the news on Monday afternoon
“I’d like to thank the IRFU for their patience and confidence.” said Schmidt
Ireland have announced that Joe Schmidt has committed to Ireland up to the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.
Appointed ahead of the 2013 Guinness Series, Schmidt has been involved in a period of sustained success and achievement with the national team, winning back-to-back RBS 6 Nations Championships in 2014 and 2015
Schmidt commented: “I’d like to thank the IRFU for their patience and confidence as the decision to continue took somewhat longer than I’d anticipated.
“It is difficult at times being so far away from extended family but we appreciate how lucky we are to have the support we have here in Ireland.
“The strength of the rugby community has been incredibly visible over the past week and the enthusiasm of management and players to improve and compete is complemented by a really positive camaraderie.
“The wider community has made us welcome and as a family we have benefitted immensely from their support.”