Joe Schmidt named his matchday 23 for Ireland’s upcoming clash with the USA on Saturday earlier this afternoon at the team’s base in Carton House.
Throughout the press conference, there was, of course, talk about the 14 changes made to the team which beat the All Blacks and those who will be looking to impress the Kiwi head coach this weekend.
However, with Schmidt set to announce his decision on his future after the USA fixture, media in attendance were keen to ask the 53-year-old about how difficult the choice was in order to get a hint of what will decide upon.
“Yeah, look, it’s a decision that will probably not be finalised until Sunday really but it’s a decision that’s been a long time coming.
“The family I have probably committed most to is this family that I live with in Carton House as much as it is the family I have at home. So we’ve put our heads together and tried to reconcile how we can best maybe cater for both.
“I think certainly early next week. I’d like to be able to take a deep breath on Sunday and then…I know I can’t continue to just go backwards and forwards because to be honest, I’ve beaten myself up enough about this decision. I’m probably going to be the most pleased of anyone when it finally is made.”
As Schmidt said, we should know early next week whether the Ireland head coach will continue in his role after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.