Josef Schmidt (rugby union)

Joe Schmidt
Full name Josef Schmidt
Place of birth New Zealand
Rugby union career
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2003-2004
2004-2007
2007-2010
2010-2013
2013-
Bay of Plenty
Auckland Blues
Clermont Auvergne
Leinster
Ireland
Rugby union career

Josef 'Joe' Schmidt is a New Zealand rugby union coach, who is currently head coach of the Irish rugby team.[1] Schmidt's first head coaching role was with Leinster Rugby beginning in 2010. He brought unprecedented success to the province, reaching 6 finals and winning 4 trophies during his 3-year reign. He was previously an assistant with the Auckland Blues in his native New Zealand and Clermont Auvergne of France.

Early Career

After training as a school teacher, Schmidt played rugby in New Zealand before playing amateur rugby in the Irish lower leagues during the 1990s.[2] He then returned to New Zealand to take up the position of a head teacher.

Schmidt took up the option to coach New Zealand Schools, before leaving teaching on a full-time basis to coaching Bay of Plenty from 2003–2004. While at the Steamers he won the Ranfurly Shield defeating Auckland on August 15, 2004. The Steamers had one successful defence of the title before losing to Canterbury. Schmidt joined the Auckland Blues as assistant coach from 2004–2007 where, in his final year, they were knocked out in the semi-final.

France

Schmidt moved to Europe and joined Clermont Auvergne in 2007 as backs coach under Vern Cotter who he had previously worked with in Auckland. The side finished Top 14 runners-up twice in 2008 & 2009. In 2010 the side finally won the competition, after 11 appearances in the final.

Leinster Rugby - Dynasty

Schmidt took over as Leinster Rugby head coach for the 2010–11 season, taking over from Michael Cheika.[3] Under his leadership Leinster won the 2011 Heineken Cup[4] and lost to Munster in the Magners League Grand Final in 2011. In the 2011-2012 season, he coached Leinster a second Pro 12 final and to the 2012 Heineken Cup Final where they beat Ulster 42 - 14.[5]

Ireland

On 29 April 2013, it was announced by the IRFU that Schmidt would leave his position as Leinster coach to take over the Ireland coaching position left vacant by Declan Kidney. Schmidt's three-year deal runs until the end of the 2015-16 season.[1][2][6][7][8]

Honours

Bay of Plenty

Clermont Auvergne

Leinster

References

External links

  • Proflie @ Clermont Auvergne
  • ESPN Profile
Preceded by
Les Kiss
Irish national rugby coach
2013-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Cheika
Leinster Rugby coach
2010-2013
Succeeded by
Matt O'Connor