Kiwi, Ire­land’s Coach, Plots All Blacks Down­fall

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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.

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