All Blacks legend, Richie McCaw, believes New Zealand native, Joe Schmidt, would relish the opportunity to coach in his home country.
Schmidt’s current contract with the IRFU expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan and New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew has admitted that the 53-year-old is among the names being considered to replace the current head coach, Steve Hansen, should he step down.
Since taking over the national side in 2013, Ireland have won a Grand Slam, two Six Nations Championships and as well as clean sweeps in summer and November series’ and a famous victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016.
McCaw, who was capped 148 times for New Zealand, maintains that many in the country have admired Schmidt for the work he has done with Ireland.
“There is no doubt Joe gets talked about. People admire what he has done with the Ireland team and there is no doubt he is a good coach.”
“At some point, it would be great to see him come back to New Zealand to use all that experience and knowledge he has got and picked up over the years. To offer it back to New Zealand. Whether that means he comes back as a Super Rugby coach first or comes in as an All Blacks coach, time will tell.”
“There is no doubt he has done a pretty good job with Ireland and he is obviously kiwi at heart he would probably love to give it a crack.”
However, there will be plenty of names in the that should Hansen step away and the former captain believes that New Zealand Rugby could look to Super Rugby for their next coach.