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Leinster coach Joe Schmidt to be interviewed for Ireland job

Last Updated: 17/04/13 8:32am

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Joe Schmidt: Leinster coach set for Ireland interview

Joe Schmidt: Leinster coach set for Ireland interview

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Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has revealed he will be interviewed for the vacant Ireland coaching job this week.

The New Zealander is seen as one of the front-runners to take over from Declan Kidney, whose five-year tenure as Ireland boss was ended following a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Schmidt is scheduled to speak to the IRFU on Wednesday or Thursday, although he admits he is going to have a tough decision to make if he is offered the job.

"In world rugby, it would be an attractive post, no doubt. But, for me, it's the commitment I've made to Leinster that is one thing."
Schmidt on Ireland

"I'm going to speak to them this week. If they believe I'm a contender, it's something I've also got to reconcile with Leinster, and my commitment here," said Schmidt, who has another year left on his contract.

Commitment

"In world rugby, it would be an attractive post, no doubt. But, for me, it's the commitment I've made to Leinster that is one thing."

Schmidt has had his run-ins with the IRFU over the past three years, most recently over its plans to limit the number of foreign players Irish provinces can recruit.

"I've probably struggled at times with the IRFU, and they've struggled with me. Inevitably that may be an issue as well," he said.

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