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RugbyU: Ireland pick 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: 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: 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.

RugbyU: Cotter says no to coaching Ireland

Highly rated Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter Thursday ruled himself out of the running for the Ireland coaching role vacated by Declan Kidney. The New Zealand-born Cotter had been linked as a possible contender for the post in tandem with his former Clermont assistant and now Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. But Cotter told Radio Sport he has another year to go with Clermont and he intends to honour his contract, the broadcaster said on its website.

RugbyU: Kidney sacked as Ireland coach - IRFU

Declan Kidney was sacked as Ireland coach on Tuesday, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced. The 53-year-old -- who guided Ireland to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam and won the world coach of the year award as a result -- had been widely expected not to have his contract renewed at the end of June after a disappointing Six Nations. The Irish only avoided the wooden spoon by a better points difference to France. The IRFU issued a statement announcing the end of Kidney's four-year tenure.

Ireland coach Kidney leaves after poor Six Nations

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Declan Kidney's five-year tenure as Ireland coach ended on Tuesday after the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) decided not to renew his contract following the national team's worst Six Nations championship in 14 years. Kidney led Ireland to a first Six Nations grand slam in 61 years in 2009 but his side won just one game in this year's championship, narrowly avoiding a first wooden spoon since a whitewash in 1998 by finishing ahead of France on points difference.
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