Joe Schmidt makes his return to coaching after Ireland exit - Ruck

Joe Schmidt makes his return to coaching after Ireland exit

Joe Schmidt is back after departing Ireland following their disappointing 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.

The New Zealander has been drafted in by Clermont head coach Franck Azéma.

Acording to the New Zealand Herald, he is in the middle of a two-week stint with the club where he was previously an assistant to fellow Kiwi Vern Cotter, helping them win a French Top 14 title in 2010.

He has also helped the Spanish team on a recent consultancy stint

Since stepping down from his role as Ireland head coach following the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final exit, Schmidt has been recharging his batteries. 

But he has been linked with a coaching return and has reportedly received a number of offers to return to the game.


Premiership side Bath have denied approaching the New Zealander despite plenty of reports linking him with the black, blue and whites.

Named as one of the favourites to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks head coach but taking himself out of the equation as he sought a breather, Schmidt is now on the road back as his own pace.

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