JOE SCHMIDT has coached his final Ireland match - but it wasn't a nice finale. The New Zealander watched on as his six-year reign ended in a 46-14 defeat to his home nation in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Former England coach Andy Farrell will take over from Schmidt.What is Joe Schmidt's next job? There are not many bigger jobs in international rugby for Joe Schmidt to move into - and he is swiping those away as well. The 54-year-old New Zealander ruled out taking over the nation of his birth in January and even told that he has no interest in getting another job for 12 months after the World Cup, as reported by The Irish Times. Schmidt has also insisted he would go for the British & Irish Lions role with fellow countryman Warren Gatland retaining the job for the 2021 tour.Rugby World Cup predictor game: £10k prize pot up for grabs1) Come and play our brand new Rugby World Cup game 2) Make pre-tournament and daily predictions to accumulate points 3) Compete for … [Read more...] about What is Joe Schmidt’s next job and why’s he leaving Ireland after Rugby World Cup?
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JAPAN kicked off the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 30-10 victory against Russia. Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick for the tournament hosts as Japan overcame a scare after Kirill Golosnitskiy gave Russia a shock lead early on. Here, former Ireland international Stephen Ferris gives his predictions for his nations clash against Scotland and England's match against Tonga. I REMEMBER the buildup of excitement and just being eager to kick things off in 2011. You think about the weather, the atmosphere, the fans, the stadium and just have to take it all in. You’ve got to think about the processes in place and the lead-up to the match. I concentrated on my training. The last thing you want is to go into matches and not be in good shape, dropping balls and getting nervous and anxious. Waiting to go, you have the nerves, the energy and the buzz. But as soon as that first whistle blows, you go into match mode and everything else takes care of itself.IRELAND VS SCOTLAND - Ferris predicts … [Read more...] about Ireland hero Ferris gives you his Rugby World Cup tips ahead of England v Tonga and Ireland v Scotland clashes
POLYNESIAN pulverisers Manu Tuilagi and Joe Cokanasiga demolished Ireland in a rampaging record win. Samoan-born Tuilagi and Fijian-born Cokanasiga scored three of England's eight tries between them in this Twickenham annihilation. By doing so Eddie Jones' side fired a mammoth World Cup warning around the globe as they humiliated a country who looked like favourites just nine months ago. It was a coming-of-age performance for Cokanasiga, 21, who performed a bare-chested Fijian war dance in a grass skirt at Twickenham back in 2015 before England's opener against his homeland. And having grown up watching Tuilagi terrorise defences, it is no wonder where Jones' latest two-try hero gets his inspiration from. The 6ft 3ins 18 stone Bath winger revealed: "Manu was my idol growing up."When I was 15 I messaged him on Facebook and told him: ‘You’re my idol’. He didn’t respond! "But he told me he saw it. It’s all a dream come true. "Every carry he did today was … [Read more...] about England record rampant win over Ireland as Red Rose put up EIGHT tries in World Cup warm-up
IRELAND are chasing their first ever World Cup triumph this autumn in Japan. Joe Schmidt's side come into the tournament as the No1 ranked side in the world - but were without first-choice fly-half Johnny Sexton in a stunning 19-12 pool defeat to the hosts. Why wasn't Johnny Sexton playing for Ireland? SEXTON is regarded as one of Ireland's best players and made his debut back in 2009. He is vice-captain of the side and has scored over 700 points in a glittering international career. But Ireland weren't able to call on him against hosts Japan in Fukuroi City. Sexton limped out of the win over Scotland with a thigh complaint - and wasn't able to shake off the injury in time to feature in this one.Coach Joe Schmidt revealed: "Johnny is never happy about being left out. "He got a little mileage against Scotland and we thought about bringing him off the bench, but it's a case of being confident in the squad. He keeps himself in good condition and he's a guy who can come back and hit the … [Read more...] about Why wasn’t Johnny Sexton playing for Ireland against Japan in Rugby World Cup and who was his replacement?
IRELAND face the All Blacks in a huge Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita. Joe Schmidt's side finished second in Pool A following a shock defeat to Japan earlier in the tournament, whilst New Zealand romped to the top of their group after four wins. Ireland vs New Zealand team news IRELAND welcome back Rob Kearney and Peter O'Mahony for their biggest game since 2015. Garry Ringrose will partner Rob Henshaw in the centre as Schmidt makes three changes to the side that saw off Samoa 47-5. The All Blacks are favourites to retain the trophy and have been in ominous form so far in the competition. Jack Goodhue and Anton Leinert-Brown are trusted with overcoming their troublesome issues in midfield, whilst Brodie Retallick returns at lock.Sonny Bill Williams is only among the replacements, with Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith missing out. Starting XV's Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, James Ryan, O'Mahony; Van der Flier, … [Read more...] about How will Ireland line up against New Zealand in Rugby World Cup quarter-final?