Sch­midt’s story not near over

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Autumn Internationals - Gavin Cummiskey

“I guess I’m my own worst en­emy when it comes to work­ing.”

No awards for guess­ing that’s Joe Sch­midt, un­prompted, on the theme of worka­holism; stated dur­ing typ­i­cal fil­i­bus­ter­ing by the Ire­land coach when asked where his fu­ture lies after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“I tend to be a lit­tle bit of a worka­holic . . . and that means that I’m out of the house a fair bit or even at home I’m plug­ging away, look­ing at things with a mi­cro­scope, so that’s prob­a­bly a char­ac­ter flaw. If you prob­a­bly talk to some of the peo­ple on the staff, it’s one of many I have. Hope­fully they don’t dis­close all the other ones.”

Some­body is bound to take the pay cheque for a ghost writ­ten book about life in­side Car­ton House these past six sea­sons. Sch­midt should get out in front of them with his own mem­oir - Chap­ter 1: “From Sol­dier Field to Yoko­hama.” 100,000 words should cover vol­ume one.

There’ll be plenty more chap­ters be­fore vol­ume two is penned. Sch­midt may dis­ap­pear be­hind the cor­po­rate pay wall but the 53 year old will even­tu­ally be com­pelled back into the light, ei­ther by his im­mi­nent trip home to New Zealand, co­in­cid­ing with All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen’s up­date on his fu­ture, or a lu­cra­tive gig in Eu­rope.

Surely, the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions are on high alert. Sch­midt would only take on the Lions’ al­most im­pos­si­bly con­densed tour to South Africa in 2021 with com­plete con­trol.

Two years of covert camps might be enough time to trans­form Scots, Welsh and English into JoeBots, with a fairy­tale fi­nale to the sym­bi­otic Sch­midt and Johnny Sex­ton re­la­tion­ship which has de­liv­ered ground break­ing suc­cess since the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium mir­a­cle of 2011.

Sch­midt to coach Ire­land at the 2031 World Cup in the Pa­cific Is­lands?

There is prece­dent now in Ir­ish sport.

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