World Rugby confirmed that the former head coach of the Ireland team, Joe Schmidt, has decided to leave the organization at the end of the year to spend more time with his family in New Zealand. Former Leinster coach will remain close to the organization as a member of the High Performance Rugby Committee and the Law Review Group.
In a press release, World Rugby noted that: “Since joining World Rugby as Director of Rugby and High Performance, Schmidt has played an important role in strengthening relationships with other coaches, as well as in the improvement of the subjects related to the care of the players and the laws of the game “.
For his part, World Rugby CEO Alan GilpinHe said: “While we are saddened to lose Joe (Schmidt), we fully support his rationale and appreciate the strong contributions he has made to the organization and the game over the past year. His passion for advancing the game is tremendous and we are delighted that his expertise and experience remain at the center of decision-making related to the game as a member of the High Performance Rugby Committee. “
As the global pandemic has restricted movement between countries, Schmidt has decided that he will continue to reside in New Zealand rather than relocate to Ireland to ensure the best possible work-life balance for himself and his family.
In this regard, the former head coach of Trebol said: “World Rugby has a challenging task that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to grow and prepare the game for the future, particularly with the pandemic creating more complications. I would like to thank the World Rugby staff for their support and positivity over the past 12 months. There is a real passion between them to help make the game the best it can be for everyone involved and I have enjoyed my time as part of the team, working in partnership with unions, regions and competitions. ”
Notably, prior to his time at World Rugby, Schmidt served as a former deputy principal of Tauranga Boy’s High School, coached Bay of Plenty and was an assistant coach of the Blues before heading to Europe in 2007 as an assistant to his fellow Kiwi, Vern Cotter, in Clermont. There, he was champion with the French club in 2010 before going as head coach to Leinster, where he won a Pro 12 title and two Champions Cups before taking the job at the selected from Ireland in 2013.