"Leading candidate" - Joe Schmidt wants to return to international rugby in head coach role - Ruck

“Leading candidate” – Joe Schmidt wants to return to international rugby in head coach role

In the latest coaching developments, former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has emerged as a ‘leading candidite’ for the coveted position of head coach for the Wallabies.

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Schmidt, a recent member of Ian Foster’s coaching staff for the All Blacks, witnessed a narrow 11-12 defeat to the Springboks in the 2023 Rugby World Cup Final.

Following the World Cup, changes ensued in the coaching landscape, with Scott Robertson succeeding Foster as the head coach of New Zealand. Simultaneously, Schmidt has stepped down from his role as assistant coach, propelling him into the spotlight as one of the most sought-after coaching talents.

The highly accomplished New Zealander boasts an impressive coaching record, having led Ireland in both the 2015 and 2019 global tournaments. Schmidt’s success extends beyond international rugby, having guided Leinster to the summit of European rugby.

Amidst speculation and keen interest, Schmidt’s name continues to circulate in connection with various coaching opportunities, a testament to his influential role in the All Blacks’ resurgence since joining Foster’s backroom team in July 2022.

The rugby world eagerly awaits the next chapter in Joe Schmidt’s coaching journey.

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5. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

A veteran of four World Cups, Brian O’Driscoll made a name for himself on the World Stage for his unwavering consistency in defence and dazzling skills in attack.

O’Driscoll is the all-time Irish try scorer and has led his country more times than any other player.

Wilkinson said: “The ability to change the game in a second, a heartbeat, with his movement, with his skill, his game reading but also his leadership.”