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Watch: Joe Schmidt Scoring A Try Against France From Nearly 30 Years Ago

There is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is one of the finest head coaches in World Rugby, you only have to listen to the people who have played under him to realise the extent at which his philosophy and coaching nuance has positively impacted players.

From Clermont Auvergne to Leinster and to Ireland – the 52-year-old has had huge success throughout his coaching career and he looks destined to coach the All Blacks one day, once he finishes his time with Ireland.

Schmidt spent a year abroad in Ireland in 1991, where played as an amateur before helping out with the local rugby side as an assistant coach. Before this, he represented Manawatu at representative level in New Zealand.

It was during this time, that Schmidt played against France when they toured New Zealand in 1989 and thankfully, some footage has emerged online of that game and it shows the Ireland head coach using his pace to get on the end of a cross-field kick to dot down in the corner.

Check it out below.


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Author: Sean McMahon

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