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Remembering The Time Joe Schmidt Played GAA For Mullingar

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Joe Schmidt’s legacy in Ireland was cemented a long time before he stepped down as Irish Rugby’s head coach in 2019. The New Zealander brought an unprecedented level of success to the nation and raised the standard for all coaches across all sports. However, there is one little pocket of Ireland that Joe Schmidt holds very close to his heart; …

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Test Your Memory Of Ireland’s Famous 2016 Win Over The All Blacks

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You can say it was the end of New Zealand’s season, it was ‘only a friendly’, but regardless of the circumstances, there’s no denying that Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 was a significant and historic moment.  Less than a month after losing Irish rugby legend Anthony Foley, Joe Schmidt’s charges took to Soldier Field with …

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Rory Best: “What Really Frustrated Me Was The Actual Headlines”

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Rory Best has spoken of his frustration at how comments he made in the media about Joe Schmidt have been negatively portrayed.  After blazing a trail through the competition in 2018, Ireland stagnated in 2019 with their poor form culminating in a dismal showing at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Following that and his subsequent retirement from Irish rugby, …

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Joe Schmidt Discusses Devin Toner Omission In New Book

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Joe Schmidt’s autobiography, ‘Ordinary Joe’, is released today and it offers a number of unique insights into the mind of one the most influential coaches in Irish rugby.  Of course, many people who pick up the book will be looking to understand the former Ireland head coach’s thought process throughout the 2019 Rugby World Cup which saw his side knocked …

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“Egos Would Get The Better Of Ireland” – Gatland On Ireland’s World Cup

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Warren Gatland believes that Ireland’s ego was one of the contributing factors to their downfall in 2019 which ultimately culminated in another quarter-final exit at the World Cup.  The former Wales head coach was speaking to Off The Ball during the promotion of his new autobiography, ‘Pride and Passion’. On Ireland’s disappointing World Cup, Gatland first offered the opinion that …

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Joe Schmidt Set To Release His Autobiography In Two Weeks

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Joe Schmidt will release his autobiography ‘Ordinary Joe’ on November 21, his publisher Penguin Ireland confirmed today.  “I was hesitant about putting my memories and thoughts into words but was encouraged to do so by a number of people close to me,” Schmidt said. “I’m an accidental coach and feel incredibly lucky to have worked alongside great people and to …

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Schmidt: Ireland Have Lost Element Of Surprise Against All Blacks

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt believes New Zealand will be “well aware” of how his side play when the teams meet in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Steve Hansen will be well accustomed to Ireland’s current style of play having faced off against Schmidt’s side on three occasions since 2016, losing twice, in Chicago in 2016 and last …

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Joe Schmidt Sympathises With Bundee Aki After Red Card

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Joe Schmidt sympathised with Bundee Aki as the Ireland centre faces the prospect of his World Cup being over because of the red card he picked up in Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa.  Ireland’s seven-try performance saw them clinch a quarter-final spot against either New Zealand or South Africa but Aki faces a nervous wait to see if he will …

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Business As Usual For Ireland Despite Drama Of Typhoon Hagibis

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Joe Schmidt claims it is “business as usual” for Ireland as they prepare for their final Pool A game with Samoa despite the disruptions due to Typhoon Hagibis. It was feared that Ireland’s match would be cancelled due to the typhoon, however, it is set to go ahead while England versus France and New Zealand versus Italy have both been …

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Stockdale Seeks Advice From Earls On The Pressures Of A World Cup


There can be no disputing that the pressure is mounting on this Ireland squad ahead of their final Pool A game with Samoa next weekend. Ireland’s all-conquering 2018 followed by a topsy turvy 2019 ensured that pressure was on Joe Schmidt’s side before the World Cup had even begun. Jacob Stockdale burst onto the scene during Ireland’s most successful ever …

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