'How lucky are we to be able to call on someone like Joe Schmidt?' Sam Cane welcomes former Ireland coach to All Black set-up

28/06/2022 21:15:00

ALL BLACK captain Sam Cane says Joe Schmidt won't rock the boat after joining the coaching team at short notice this week.

All Black captain Sam Cane says Joe Schmidt won't rock the boat after joining the coaching team at short notice this week.

ALL BLACK captain Sam Cane says Joe Schmidt won't rock the boat after joining the coaching team at short notice this week.

he former Ireland supremo has been fast-tracked into the set-up after head coach Ian Foster and assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod tested positive for Covid-19.Schmidt was at training with the New Zealand squad yesterday and will be central to their preparations, but despite his large bank of intel on the visiting side Cane says he will be implementing Foster and McLeod's plan as he primarily works with the defence ahead of Saturday's opening Test.

"How lucky are we to be able to call on someone like Joe Schmidt? He's been awesome," Cane said.“He's only just come in this morning (Tuesday), and will only be in Tuesday and Thursday to help out on the training park.“He's helping with defence predominantly, but it's nice to have some wise eyes looking over things."

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T he former Ireland supremo has been fast-tracked into the set-up after head coach Ian Foster and assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod tested positive for Covid-19.Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.Expand Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be helping the All Blacks in their preparation for the first Test.A lready without head coach Ian Foster, forwards coach John Plumtree, as well as centres David Havili and Jack Goodhue, defence specialist Scott McLeod has become the latest member of the backroom team to be struck down with Covid.

Schmidt was at training with the New Zealand squad yesterday and will be central to their preparations, but despite his large bank of intel on the visiting side Cane says he will be implementing Foster and McLeod's plan as he primarily works with the defence ahead of Saturday's opening Test. "How lucky are we to be able to call on someone like Joe Schmidt? He's been awesome," Cane said. THE ALL BLACKS have drafted Joe Schmidt into their coaching team ahead of Saturday’s first Test against Ireland. “He's only just come in this morning (Tuesday), and will only be in Tuesday and Thursday to help out on the training park. As a result, all three are isolating at home. “He's helping with defence predominantly, but it's nice to have some wise eyes looking over things. Advertisement Schmidt previously coached Ireland from 2013 until 2019, leading them to Grand Slam glory in 2018 as well as two other Six Nations titles and their first-ever wins over New Zealand." Schmidt has not, as of yet, imparted too much inside information to the squad the skipper insisted. Schmidt recently helped guide the Blues into the Super Rugby final, while he has long been tipped as a future All Blacks head coach.

“Not that I know of," he said. “Joe will come in for Tuesday and Thursday’s trainings this week and we’re really grateful to have his help,” said Foster “We’ve planned for this kind of disruption and we’ve got backup plans and people on standby.05pm local time/8. “He was predominantly helping out the backs ..” Exclusive NZ - IRE Rugby Analysis Get Murray Kinsella's match analysis and Garry Doyle's updates from New Zealand exclusive to members Become a Member More to follow….. Mooar was added to the All Blacks’ coaching ticket at the end of 2019 as attack coach after NZR were understood to have paid €150,000 in compensation to the Scarlets just one season into his three-year contract with the Welsh region. I haven't actually worked with him on the training park.

We’ve got our structures that (defence coach) Scott McLeod has set up. I can't imagine Joe is going come in and change anything about that. “We’ve had a plan for this happening, and it’s a great opportunity for the wider coaching group and the senior players, who will be highly motivated to step up. “He’s about lending another pair of eyes, chipping in and being able to coach on the run at training and give instant feedback to players. Nothing that's new." Rugby Newsletter Subscribe to 'The Collision' for a weekly update from Rugby Correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor and the best writing from our expert team Issued every Friday morning Enter email address Sign Up Cane said that the sick coaches will still be involved in the preparations from afar, but Schmidt will be driving the squad along with Brad Mooar and Greg Feek this week.” “We have structures in place and everyone is working together.

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