Leinster coach Joe Schmidt signs one-year contract extension

Last Updated: 05/10/12 2:00pm

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Joe Schimdt will remain at Leinster until the summer of 2014

Joe Schimdt will remain at Leinster until the summer of 2014

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Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the province until the summer of 2014.

The New Zealander has guided Leinster to back-to-back Heineken Cup successes as well as two runners-up finishes in the RaboDirect PRO12.

Widely regarded as one of the best coaches in European rugby, Schmidt had been tipped to succeed Declan Kidney as Ireland coach when his contract expires next year.

However, the 46-year-old now looks set to remain with Leinster, and he is confident they can capture further honours.

"I am delighted to sign an extension to my contract here with Leinster," said Schmidt, who spent three years with Clermont Auvergne before moving to Ireland.

"I'm lucky to be part of such a positive coaching team and to have the top quality support staff we have.

"The professionalism of the players is a real asset and they constantly challenge themselves and each other to improve, which makes them a great group to coach.

"The wider Leinster community have really made my family and I feel welcome here and we have been fortunate to have enjoyed some memorable success on the field.

"Let's hope that with continued hard work - and a bit of luck - that there will be more bright days ahead."

Leinster chief executive Michael Dawson added: "I am delighted that Joe will remain with Leinster for the next two seasons.

"Since arriving from France he has overseen and led a period of great growth and success for Leinster, both on and off the field.

"Joe is an outstanding leader and ambassador for the province and he continues to cultivate strong values within our organisation.

"I know that this news will be welcomed by our loyal following across the province and beyond."

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