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RugbyU: Ireland pick Kiwi Schmidt as new head coach

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Monday said they had appointed New Zealand's Joe Schmidt to the job of Ireland head coach as replacement for the sacked Declan Kidney. Schmidt will leave his role as Leinster head coach to succeed Kidney, who was dismissed earlier this month after Ireland finished fifth in the Six Nations tournament. The IRFU, which announced the appointment on its website irishrugby.ie, selected Schmidt, a two-time European Cup-winning coach, ahead of Les Kiss and Ewen McKenzie, who were also candidates.

RugbyU: Schmidt hopeful of getting Irish job

Two-time European Cup-winning coach Joe Schmidt told AFP on Tuesday he was hopeful he would be named the new Ireland coach after Leinster allowed him to speak to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) last week. The New Zealander - who guided Leinster to the 2011 and 2012 European Cups - was one of four candidates who were interviewed by the IRFU to replace Declan Kidney, who was sacked last month after a poor Six Nations.

Leinster's Schmidt to be interviewed for Ireland job

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Leinster coach Joe Schmidt will be interviewed for the vacant Ireland coaching job this week, the New Zealander said on Tuesday, as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) look to appoint a successor to Declan Kidney. Kidney's five-year tenure as Ireland coach ended earlier this month after a poor Six Nations campaign and Schmidt, who has guided Leinster to two successive Heineken Cup titles, said he is scheduled to speak to the IRFU on Wednesday or Thursday.

Football: Iconic former dual Irish international Martin dies

Con Martin, whose appearances for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland prompted a rule change by FIFA, has died aged 89. Martin, whose son Mick also enjoyed a successful footballing career and played 51 times for the Republic, played for both of the Irelands during the 1950 World Cup qualifying campaign. However, after Martin's last appearance for Northern Ireland, his sixth in all, in a Home International against Wales but also counting towards World Cup qualification, FIFA ruled that turning out for the two sides could not be repeated.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Ireland's Sexton ruled out of France clash

(Adds detail, quotes) DUBLIN, March 5 (Reuters) - Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton has been ruled out of his side's Six Nations championship match against France on Saturday through injury leaving a place open for either Paddy Jackson or Ian Madigan. Coach Declan Kidney, who named the remainder of his team on Tuesday, will decide later this week whether to give Leinster's Madigan his debut or retain Ulster's Jackson who struggled with place kicking in his debut against Scotland last time out.

RugbyU: O'Shea rules himself out of Ireland running

Conor O'Shea insisted Tuesday he had no immediate interest in becoming the next coach of Ireland as speculation surrounding the future of current boss Declan Kidney intensified. Kidney, in charge of Ireland since 2008, is out of contract at the end of the season and the team's inconsistent form since he oversaw their 2009 Grand Slam, as exemplified by Sunday's 12-8 loss to Scotland in the Six Nations, could count against him.

RugbyU: Sexton "doubtful" for Scotland match

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton was rated "doubtful" on Monday for their Six Nations clash against Scotland after a Dublin defeat by England on Sunday left them with several injury worries. Sexton went off after half an hour in what an Ireland team statement Monday labelled a "particularly attritional international match" and was replaced by veteran stand-off Ronan O'Gara, who struggled as England won 12-6 at a rainswept Lansdowne Road.

RugbyU: Ireland's Zebo out for 10 weeks

Ireland wing Simon Zebo is set to miss the rest of the Six Nations Championship after being ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, team coach Declan Kidney said Sunday. Zebo went off injured early in Ireland's 12-6 second round Six Nations defeat by England at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Sunday and was replaced by utility back Keith Earls. As well as the rest of the Championship, which finishes on March 16, Zebo is also in line to be ruled out of Munster's European Cup quarter-final away to English champions Harlequins on April 7.

Rugby-Ireland 6 England 12 - Six Nations championship result

DUBLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) - England beat Ireland 12-6 (halftime 6-0) in their Six Nations championship match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday Scorers: Ireland: Penalties: Ronan O'Gara (2) England: Penalties: Owen Farrell (4) (Edited by Tom Pilcher)

Rugby-Six Nations championship winners

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Six Nations championship winners (* denotes Grand Slam): 1883 England 1884 England 1885 Not completed 1886 England & Scotland 1887 Scotland 1888 Not completed 1889 Not completed 1890 England & Scotland 1891 Scotland 1892 England 1893 Wales 1894 Ireland 1895 Scotland 1896 Ireland 1897 Not completed 1898 Not completed 1899 Ireland 1900 Wales 1901 Scotland 1902 Wales
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