Joe Schmidt is believed to have signed a contract extension with the IRFU that will see him remain as Ireland head coach until the 2019 World Cup.
According to today’s Irish Independent, Schmidt has signed a contract extension with the IRFU. The new deal will see him stay in charge until the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
It’s believed he has told senior members of his squad that he is staying in charge.
Schmidt was originally expected to inform the IRFU of his decision earlier this summer but that was again deferred by two weeks at the start of the month as family considerations meant that he took plenty of time to reach a conclusion.
His decision not to be considered for the Lions coaching job would now appear to be because he favours having his full focus on Ireland’s tour of Japan next summer.