Australia appoint former Ireland coach Schmidt

Australia line-up in a past clash. Photo Courtesy/National World News

Australia have appointed former Ireland head coach and New Zealand’s assistant coach, Joe Schmidt, as their new head coach.

Schmidt, who signed a two-year contract, is set to take over in March 2024, leading the team until the conclusion of the British and Irish tour in 2025.

The decision comes after Australia’s disappointing performance in the 2023 Rugby World Cup under Eddie Jones, resulting in their failure to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

Known for his successful tenure with Ireland, Schmidt brings a wealth of experience, having guided Ireland to the top of the world rankings in 2019.

The 58-year-old coach also secured three Six Nations championships and notable victories against the New Zealand All Blacks. His accomplishments extend to leading Leinster to Challenge Cup and Pro 14 cup victories.

Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh emphasized Schmidt’s track record of success as a key factor in his appointment, stating, “Joe has delivered success in every stop in his career.”

Schmidt’s first challenge will be a test match against Wales, followed by the British and Irish tour.

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