World Rugby appoints Joe Schmidt as Director of Rugby and High Performance


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World Rugby appoints Joe Schmidt as Director of Rugby and High Performance

Former Irish Head Coach Joe Schmidt was named for World Rugby, who drives Bill beaumont, Director of Rugby and High Performance.

Schmidt will head a new department in the international federation responsible for high-performance functions, match officials and technical services, including player welfare, as well as training and education. He will join World Rugby in November.

Schmidt, who was named World Rugby Coach of the Year in 2018, is no stranger to Dublin, where the organization’s headquarters are located, having spent more than nine years there, coaching Leinster (2010-13) and Ireland ( 2013-19).

His track record as one of the most successful and respected high-performance head coaches of his generation is well known. Schmidt led Ireland to three Six Nations titles, including the Grand Slam in 2018, during a period of unprecedented success for the national team. Under Schmidt, Ireland reached number one in the Men’s Rugby World Rankings for the first time in September 2019.

Schmidt said: “I really want to get started. I am passionate about the game and I hope that people continue to enjoy their participation, from the very young to the young at heart. Professional play is the masterpiece of our sport and it will be beneficial to involve key stakeholders in our discussions of how the players are played and how they are managed.


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