Kiwi, Ireland’s Coach, Plots All Blacks Downfall
Joe Schmidt is confident there would be no need to don a red nose and corkscrew wig when he next visits New Zealand. New Zealander Schmidt, who has been coaching Ireland since 2013 and recently extended his contract through to the 2019 World Cup, cleverly plotted the All Blacks’ downfall at Soldier Field, Chicago yesterday. He planned ways to undermine New Zealand lineout, demanded lineout drives to stress the defence and delivered strict instructions to vigorously attack Ardie Savea’s channel when the flanker had to play on the unfamiliar wing spot late in the game.
After the 40-29 victory, Schmidt, who was born in the tiny Manawatu town of Woodville and later rep- resented the province as a slight back, apologised to his mum because she is such a passionate All Blacks supporter. He also believed the Kiwi public will look at the big- ger picture in all this. “I am sure I will be forgiven by the people in New Zealand, because they know it is the men who rock up out there, and roll up their sleeves up and get on with the job,” Schmidt said. He also noted that he will have to retract a pre-match pledge he made to his players, and maybe bribe them to ignore those words by lifting an alcohol ban during the flight back to Ireland.
“I think I inadvertently said something during the week like ‘if you win here I don’t really care what you do for the rest of the year’, so I have probably put my foot in there,” Schmidt laughed.
He also noted that he will have to retract a pre-match pledge he made to his players, and maybe bribe them to ignore those words by lifting an alcohol ban during the flight back to Ireland.
All Blacks coach Steven Hansen and assistant coach Wayne Smith congratulate Irish coach and fellow Kiwi Joe Schmidt.