Joe Schmidt has joined the All Blacks coaching team ahead of Ireland clash

27/06/2022 09:38:00

Big news from New Zealand!

Big news from New Zealand!

The former Ireland boss will be part of the Kiwi set-up for the three-Test series.

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.Expand Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be helping the All Blacks in their preparation for the first Test.Wrong! - Ethan Hawke has been cast in the sequel to Knives Out which is set for release later this year by Netflix.Wrong! - Ethan Hawke has been cast in the sequel to Knives Out which is set for release later this year by Netflix.

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.THE ALL BLACKS have drafted Joe Schmidt into their coaching team ahead of Saturday’s first Test against Ireland.By Gerry Thornley Mon Jun 27 2022 - 06:45 In a sensational development less than a week out from the first of the three-test series between New Zealand and Ireland, Joe Schmidt has been co-opted onto the All Blacks coaching ticket in light of head coach Ian Foster and assistant coaches John Plumtree and Scott McLeod all testing positive for Covid-19.The former Ireland boss comes on board after All Blacks head coach Ian Foster and forwards coach John Plumtree both tested positive for Covid-19, forcing them into isolation.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 was not due to start his role as a selector and analyst with the All Blacks until their opening games in the Rugby Championship away to the Springboks, but he will now attend the team’s training sessions in Auckland this week.He was due to join the All Blacks as an independent selector after the three-Test Ireland series but has now been brought on board at this earlier stage as a result of Covid hitting the Kiwis’ camp.

“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.Joe was one of those people we could call on.” 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….Schmidt was set to replace the long-serving All Blacks national selector Grant Fox, who is stepping down after the three-test series against Ireland, and is credited with making a major impact as a support coach for the Blues in their run to the Super Rugby Pacific final.

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