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How will Schmidt's Head Coach decision impact on Ireland?

Post by Pot Hale on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 4:38 pm

Joe Schmidt has said he will announce his decision about whether he will go or stay with Irish Rugby on Monday 26 Nov following the completion of the November tests.

Lots of media speculation thinks that he will say he is leaving and the obvious destination is New Zealand where he is considered a likely successor to Steve Hansen.  Hansen has said that he will make an announcement about his future before Christmas and clearly Schmidt's announcement will put the spotlight on him.   One assumes that all the relevant parties and unions know what is happening already and the various announcements are being choreographed accordingly.  

If Hansen and Schmidt were staying put then it would be straightforward enough to issue releases on the same day and everybody moves on quite quickly.
If Schmidt is leaving and putting himself in the frame for the top job in NZ then he can't say anything about what he's going to do to allow NZRU to choreograph announcement of Hansen's departure and his successor so other NZ coach hopefuls are not put out.
If Schmidt is staying and Hansen is leaving, with another successor to be appointed like Warren Gatland, then it makes sense to keep the two announcements apart.

There has been a procession of Irish players speaking out to media in recent weeks lauding Schmidt and what he's achieved and expressing hope that he stays.   It raises the question that if Schmidt announces he's leaving how might this impact on morale for the team in the run-up to the RWC?  Will it make them more determined to deliver for him, or will it undermine some of the wider squad players who may see their future lies with someone else?
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Post by Brendan on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 5:45 pm

From New Zealand media they don't see Joe getting the top Job. Some of the SR coaches who left said the AB management was all about promoting from within so if they wanted to it they would have to be assistant for a few years. (Seems like a poor idea for generating ideas and if you have a bad cog you have to move them up)

Joe knows Ireland love him but knows he can't stay here forever. 2023 seems to be long enough for him to see his vision through but could also destroy his legacy.

I think the wife and kids will be the ones to decide.

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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 9:23 pm

I think the wife and kids are central to the eventual choice...but really, I don't think any of us that don't already know his decision are any closer to sensing his decision.  He's playing his cards very close to his chest and is a damn fine double speaker.  I'm usually pretty good at reading the signs and signals in the language people use.... but he's frustrating the hell out of me and virtually everything he says could be interpreted as 'I'm staying' or 'I'm leaving'.

I don't personally think he'd walk into the main ABs job - I don't think he believes he'd walk into the job. (Maybe he will - laws and traditions are made to be broken)  But ultimately, he's 53. Does he really need an assistant role for four or five more years?  Leinster players had a big hand in coaxing him to become a head coach with them (Sexton being particularly influential).  Then we quickly gave him his first International head coach job - no Assistant level apprenticeship, just straight in, because we saw that he had the talent to excel in the role.
He, and the players around him, have proven that they can handle the very top of the tree.  So staying here wouldn't limit his horizons - in theory.  

But it seems he's hinting that he's hit a crossroads of sorts and perhaps that is family influenced - parents back home perhaps.  Even so, I even have difficulty with those prospective reasons.  Plenty of people go abroad to live and never go home permanently.  It seems in sport though, the idea of going back home is always more romantic a concept than it is for the vast bulk of emigrants who just accept that another life and commitments exist.
So I don't know what's in his head really.  Moving back home at this stage in his life seems to me to be only the beginning of another era of stress for him (new family arrangements, new job). So maybe the crossroads is his decision to kill off the niggling dream of being ABs coach and live with the reality of his present.

I hope it's the latter and will be very sad if he decides to go - but will of course respect it.

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Post by ebop on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 9:56 pm

Hansen was snapped handing over some notes to Schmidt before the game the other day. It was ‘apparently’ money for tickets. But people speculate it was a road map to how Joe will become part of the AB collective. Joe to NZ confirmed Wink

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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:02 pm

When I saw that it was a nice bit of 'intrigue' before the game. "What the hell was that? Why did Hansen do that so publically? Whatever it was, couldn't it be given to him in the tunnel?"

All those thoughts. Money for tickets...................... hmmm. You never know. Maybe a message from Putin that he wanted to give to Hansen to give to Joe to give to the USA coach this week to give to Trump!

It's f**kin' World War 3! That's what it is! No wonder the ABs didn't care about losing - next year won't even happen.

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Post by ebop on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:13 pm

The width of the paper roll in Joe’s hand seems a bit too wide to be cash doesn’t it SecretFly? How wide are the notes over there?
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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:21 pm

ebop wrote:The width of the paper roll in Joe’s hand seems a bit too wide to be cash doesn’t it SecretFly? How wide are the notes over there? The stare from Hansen seems pretty serious and the delight on Joe’s face is more than what you’d expect from just receiving a couple hundred bucks.

Nah... you're right, ebop - it was his Orders okay.

"You will depart Emerald Isle at precisely 9.00pm Sunday. You will be given further instructions when you land in Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West will give you your AB kit on departure for New Zealand. Do not disappoint us with non-compliance. We will look for you, We will find you. We will kill you. This message will self destruct in 10 seconds. "

Thus why Joe ran off the park after getting it.

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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:24 pm

or maybe it was just a personal note from Hansen:

"Sorry about the horse's head in the bed, Joe.  Hope the wife wasn't too upset.  But I gotta let you know how serious I am when I tell ya your not gettin' me bloody job.  Not today, not tommorah, no ever - dipschidt!"

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Post by Biltong on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:35 pm

I assume you guys want to retain Schmidt?
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Post by ebop on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:41 pm

SecretFly, I reckon the note was more along the lines of...

“In order to get the NZ public to accept you straight back into the AB Mob we need to let you and Ireland beat us again to build your aura up further. It will be painful but this must happen but for this game only and if we meet in the RWC we will destroy your team....best wishes, Steve”.
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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:44 pm

I couldn't speak for everyone, Bilt.  Some think we have good replacements ready.  Farrell has been mentioned to take on Head Coach role.  Or he could link up again with Lancaster (currently at Leinster) - they might think they have unfinished business as a coaching unit.
So some supporters would feel that we're okay to keep the standards up if Joe went.

But personally, I like everything about Joe.  Not just his coaching, his personality.  I like it that he came to Leinster first and gave us some very happy years.... then loved it that he stuck around and went over to Ireland International.  So it's a long affair, as it were and there'd obviously be sad feelings of 'end-of-era if he goes.

His coaching role has been proven with us but I just like having him around too.  I like his quiet gentle modesty added to his ruthless attention to detail.

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Post by Biltong on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:46 pm

How long has he been in Ireland?
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Post by SecretFly on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 10:52 pm

Biltong wrote:How long has he been in Ireland?

Came over to Leinster in 2010 from Clermont. Leinster players had a big part in swaying him to take the Head coach role. He was I think looking to steal Nacewa over to Clermont but Nacewa turned the tide and asked him to come to Leinster instead. Then he had a chat with Cullen and Sexton and was impressed by Sexton's drive to get him
He said to Sexton at the time that he was afraid the Leisnter players wouldn't listen sufficiently to his methods and instructions. Sexton said "You just teach us... we'll take care of the other players" That impressed him. And he's been impressing us since.

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Post by Pot Hale on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 3:25 am

SecretFly wrote:
Biltong wrote:How long has he been in Ireland?

Came over to Leinster in 2010 from Clermont.  Leinster players had a big part in swaying him to take the Head coach role.  He was I think looking to steal Nacewa over to Clermont but Nacewa turned the tide and asked him to come to Leinster instead.  Then he had a chat with Cullen and Sexton and was impressed by Sexton's drive to get him
He said to Sexton at the time that he was afraid the Leisnter players wouldn't listen sufficiently to his methods and instructions.  Sexton said "You just teach us... we'll take care of the other players"  That impressed him.  And he's been impressing us since.

Except George Hook....
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Post by Biltong on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 7:39 am

SecretFly wrote:
Biltong wrote:How long has he been in Ireland?

Came over to Leinster in 2010 from Clermont.  Leinster players had a big part in swaying him to take the Head coach role.  He was I think looking to steal Nacewa over to Clermont but Nacewa turned the tide and asked him to come to Leinster instead.  Then he had a chat with Cullen and Sexton and was impressed by Sexton's drive to get him
He said to Sexton at the time that he was afraid the Leisnter players wouldn't listen sufficiently to his methods and instructions.  Sexton said "You just teach us... we'll take care of the other players"  That impressed him.  And he's been impressing us since.

Nice story there.
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Post by Pie on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 5:06 pm

Surely Gatland is the next NZ coach? censored

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Post by TightHEAD on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 6:12 pm

Lol
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Post by SecretFly on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 9:14 pm

Pot Hale wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Biltong wrote:How long has he been in Ireland?

Came over to Leinster in 2010 from Clermont.  Leinster players had a big part in swaying him to take the Head coach role.  He was I think looking to steal Nacewa over to Clermont but Nacewa turned the tide and asked him to come to Leinster instead.  Then he had a chat with Cullen and Sexton and was impressed by Sexton's drive to get him
He said to Sexton at the time that he was afraid the Leisnter players wouldn't listen sufficiently to his methods and instructions.  Sexton said "You just teach us... we'll take care of the other players"  That impressed him.  And he's been impressing us since.

Except George Hook....

I like rebels though.  Gotta have a George somewhere to keep everyone else on their toes.  I like George.  He wasn't always wrong.  

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Post by SecretFly on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 9:26 pm

Anyway.  Game worked out like expected.  Tough slog first half, opened up in the second.  Whilst America were asking questions in that first half, I do think that we overdo the breaking down phase.  Don't mind that process if it looks clinical but today it looked to be very disjointed.  A lorrah errors.  Some players didn't seem to know whether they were in breakdown phase or open-up phase.  Beirne seemed to be overplaying everything. It's 15 men Beirne. Let the others play their bit.  
Henderson did some good stuff but he's still looking overall subdued.  Wish he regained more of his bloodymindedness.
Result was pleasing with mostly second string guys but the first half was messy as hell.

Hey, I think I'm the new George.......... Cool

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Post by Pot Hale on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 12:16 am

Schmidt spoke to journalists after and said the IRFU had been very patient with his decision. He said they said, don’t be rash, if you change your mind, then we’d love to continue that conversation. If you change your mind another way, then we could discuss that too.

I wonder if Joe wants to have a tilt at the Lions and do a transition to NZ after 2021.

Or maybe he’s just going. Feck!
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Post by SecretFly on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 12:22 am

Oh God, I hope he doesn't do the Lions. He doesn't need the Lions. Either stay with Ireland or go home.....or

....................................... do both.

Now there's an idea!

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Post by Taylorman on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 6:07 am

SecretFly wrote:Oh God, I hope he doesn't do the Lions.  He doesn't need the Lions.  Either stay with Ireland or go home.....or

....................................... do both.  

Now there's an idea!

The Lions could just be one of the things that he might agree to stay for. Winning a Lions series is about as close as it gets to winning with the ABs. Its easily the biggest thing outside AB rugby in terms of a tournament or series, from a NZ perspective.

And if the trend is towads a NH dominance, why bother leaving at all? Plus, the pay is better.

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Post by ebop on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 9:52 am

When Joe makes his announcement do the Irish people on here think it’ll negatively impact their chances at next year’s RWC? It’s common for people that have one foot out the door to underperform because they’ve subconsciously checked out.
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Post by SecretFly on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 11:26 am

Taylorman wrote:
SecretFly wrote:Oh God, I hope he doesn't do the Lions.  He doesn't need the Lions.  Either stay with Ireland or go home.....or

....................................... do both.  

Now there's an idea!

The Lions could just be one of the things that he might agree to stay for. Winning a Lions series is about as close as it gets to winning with the ABs. Its easily the biggest thing outside AB rugby in terms of a tournament or series, from a NZ perspective.

And if the trend is towads a NH dominance, why bother leaving at all? Plus, the pay is better.

Glad you enjoy the Lions, Taylor. I think maybe you guys in the SH should take on the mantle now for a decade or 10. Wink The Southern Lions. - Nice ring to it. We in Ireland could just get on then with trying to keep improving as a Nation.

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Post by SecretFly on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 11:32 am

ebop wrote:When Joe makes his announcement do the Irish people on here think it’ll negatively impact their chances at next year’s RWC? It’s common for people that have one foot out the door to underperform because they’ve subconsciously checked out.

Well let's not forget the on-field note, ebop.

If Joe is going, then it's probably a very meticulously planned exit - ie, it'll have a lot to do with what's going down in New Zealand as regards Steve.

So what will that mean for Steve's impending announcement? If Joe is going, then it might be a good thing to bet that Hansen will give an end date for his tenure with the ABs too.

So .................... adding one and one.................. both sides underperforming come WC? It's a Scotland WC so. Wink

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Post by SecretFly on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 11:32 am

...oooh the Welsh lads 'ill hate me for that bit of divilment......

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Post by Pie on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 9:58 pm

Schmidt now has to be the prime candidate for the ABs even though Gatland would like to think its his. NZRFU doesnt.
I dont think Schmidt would pass up the ABs commencing 2020 even with an offer of the Lions in 2021. And I cant see NZRFU allowing him to do it - the WRU ought never to have allowed Gatland to do 3 tours in his tenure and I think Wales could have achieved so much more had they not.

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Post by SecretFly on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 10:28 pm

Pie wrote:Schmidt now has to be the prime candidate for the ABs even though Gatland would like to think its his. NZRFU doesnt.
I dont think Schmidt would pass up the ABs commencing 2020 even with an offer of the Lions in 2021. And I cant see NZRFU allowing him to do it - the WRU ought never to have allowed Gatland to do 3 tours in his tenure and I think Wales could have achieved so much more had they not.

A good few Welsh supporters probably feel their role in those Lions tours (players plus coaches) compensated for the National side being sidetracked.  But I'd be with you, Wales should have come first, second and third, and if Schmidt stuck around in Ireland, I'd hope that it wouldn't be for the carrot of Lions.  That's not the right kind of 'staying' in my eyes.  Ireland have a lot of selfish work to do over the next number of years.  ABs look after themselves - all other Nations should follow the habit.

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Post by profitius on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 11:48 pm

Schmidt is gone. If not then he's a great actor! I don't think the coaching team will change much. We'll need a new attack coach.


Biltong wrote:How long has he been in Ireland?


He was teaching in Ireland in the 90s in a small town in the middle of Ireland. Actually there was a certain Barrett family who also lived here for a while. If only they stayed Crying or Very sad
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Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 12:28 am

Jones and Gatland are already set to leave before the next World Cup. Jones was originally due to leave straight after, until the RFU negotiated a transition period. If we have a bad tournament he could yet go sooner.

I don't think teams are derailed knowing the coach is going. There's sufficient common purpose to try and get a job done. I suspect there will be disappointment if Joe decides to go but that will wear off.

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Post by Taylorman on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 3:13 am

SecretFly wrote:
Pie wrote:Schmidt now has to be the prime candidate for the ABs even though Gatland would like to think its his. NZRFU doesnt.
I dont think Schmidt would pass up the ABs commencing 2020 even with an offer of the Lions in 2021. And I cant see NZRFU allowing him to do it - the WRU ought never to have allowed Gatland to do 3 tours in his tenure and I think Wales could have achieved so much more had they not.

A good few Welsh supporters probably feel their role in those Lions tours (players plus coaches) compensated for the National side being sidetracked.  But I'd be with you, Wales should have come first, second and third, and if Schmidt stuck around in Ireland, I'd hope that it wouldn't be for the carrot of Lions.  That's not the right kind of 'staying' in my eyes.  Ireland have a lot of selfish work to do over the next number of years.  ABs look after themselves - all other Nations should follow the habit.

Interesting Lions tours are said not to be popular when they are by far... far, the biggest supported rugby tour overseas by fans, ofvany country/ies anywhere.

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Post by Rugby Fan on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 3:52 am

Taylorman wrote:Interesting Lions tours are said not to be popular when they are by far... far, the biggest supported rugby tour overseas by fans, ofvany country/ies anywhere.
No-one denies they Lions tours draw a crowd and rake in revenue. What some supporters are asking more often now, is how they benefit their national side, and the answer is that they don't. I enjoy Lions tours but, unless the global calendar is radically changed to accomodate them, then they will contine to be disruptive, which will only increase the disatisfaction.

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Post by Pie on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 4:40 am

Taylorman wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Pie wrote:Schmidt now has to be the prime candidate for the ABs even though Gatland would like to think its his. NZRFU doesnt.
I dont think Schmidt would pass up the ABs commencing 2020 even with an offer of the Lions in 2021. And I cant see NZRFU allowing him to do it - the WRU ought never to have allowed Gatland to do 3 tours in his tenure and I think Wales could have achieved so much more had they not.

A good few Welsh supporters probably feel their role in those Lions tours (players plus coaches) compensated for the National side being sidetracked.  But I'd be with you, Wales should have come first, second and third, and if Schmidt stuck around in Ireland, I'd hope that it wouldn't be for the carrot of Lions.  That's not the right kind of 'staying' in my eyes.  Ireland have a lot of selfish work to do over the next number of years.  ABs look after themselves - all other Nations should follow the habit.

Interesting Lions tours are said not to be popular when they are by far... far, the biggest supported rugby tour overseas by fans, ofvany country/ies anywhere.

I think it because it smacks of old school tours and I expect Home Nations fans have the most cash to splash on these jaunts....I've been on two 09 and 13 and they were superb.

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Post by Taylorman on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 5:09 am

Pie wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Pie wrote:Schmidt now has to be the prime candidate for the ABs even though Gatland would like to think its his. NZRFU doesnt.
I dont think Schmidt would pass up the ABs commencing 2020 even with an offer of the Lions in 2021. And I cant see NZRFU allowing him to do it - the WRU ought never to have allowed Gatland to do 3 tours in his tenure and I think Wales could have achieved so much more had they not.

A good few Welsh supporters probably feel their role in those Lions tours (players plus coaches) compensated for the National side being sidetracked.  But I'd be with you, Wales should have come first, second and third, and if Schmidt stuck around in Ireland, I'd hope that it wouldn't be for the carrot of Lions.  That's not the right kind of 'staying' in my eyes.  Ireland have a lot of selfish work to do over the next number of years.  ABs look after themselves - all other Nations should follow the habit.

Interesting Lions tours are said not to be popular when they are by far... far, the biggest supported rugby tour overseas by fans, ofvany country/ies anywhere.

I think it because it smacks of old school tours and I expect Home Nations fans have the most cash to splash on these jaunts....I've been on two 09 and 13 and they were superb.

Fans were everywhere here in Wellington during last years tour. Great bunch. Very popular to talk to wherever they went, especially in pubs when you had the 50’s and 60’s lot all reminiscing about the tours in the 60s etc.

After five minutes youd think two strangers were lifetime mates talking about a match they both went to forty years ago. When they come in big numbers like that kiwis love getting out and just talking rugby.

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 9:41 am

Well, so it's official. Joe is going home after 2019. I'll say my goodbyes then so. A lot of work to get done before then.

It's said that he needs a complete break from rugby now to concentrate on family (he has a son that has serious medical issues so I can imagine the combinations of stress being such a compulsive man of detailed homework in his profession and then home to the demands of the family)

We're been greedy and I wish him well in his year or two out of the game. Mind you, it might only prove to be a month or two out Whistle He'll obviously have carrots placed before him.

But for now............ on we go with the Joe show.

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Post by tigertattie on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 9:49 am

Can't blame him at all. Family is greater than rugby

Plenty muppets on social media whooping it up saying he can go to NZ/Oz/etc to be their coach. He's basically retiring you Neanderthals

Anyway. Best of luck to Joe for his future after the World Cup
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 9:54 am

Shame for ireland but very understandable as family needs to come 1st. Good opportunity for farrell too.

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Post by BamBam on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:00 am

Best of luck to him and his family, he's got a real opportunity to go out at the peak of the game too

Interesting to see how Farrell goes when he does take over, by all accounts he was the effective head coach of the England side with Lancaster in more of a coordinator role, but this will be the first time he is officially the top dog at any level


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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:02 am

No 7&1/2 wrote:Shame for ireland but very understandable as family needs to come 1st. Good opportunity for farrell too.

Could be very interesting with Farrell.

First thing Farrell will need is a coach to replace Joe. (Joe being a coaching coach rather than a Director coach).

Hmmm....who we got that might interest him?

Lancaster at Leinster?

That would be newsworthy.  The boss and the assistant turn things around in another Nation.  And if the two of them could keep things motoring for Ireland then it'd be hopping and skipping back to England eventually for another, more mature shot at coaching their home Nation.

Joe would have had a nice rest (three or four years) and he'd come back to us like St Patrick or Nacewa..................

Everyone'id be happy Cool

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Post by LondonTiger on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:08 am

SF,

I was wondering whether Lancaster replicating his Leinster role could work. Would be amusing if it happened and if it worked.

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:26 am

LondonTiger wrote:SF,

I was wondering whether Lancaster replicating his Leinster role could work. Would be amusing if it happened and if it worked.

It's risky Tiger but it has potent potential.

The risk is that Lancaster would seek to just transfer Leinster style over to Ireland - and perhaps the surest sign of how smart Joe Schmidt was as a coach was that transition from Provincial coach to International.  

Everyone expected him to bring his Leinster sensibilities to Ireland and were ready for fireworks...but....................... it was ruthlessly boring stuff he brought.  And he built and built slowly on that ruthlessly boring framework - adding bits all the time but in no hurry to become a fireworks team.  

So, I think Farrell and possibly Lancaster could be a forceful unit together again but it would need to understand that it's not always about dashing and ducking and sidestepping and offloading.  You have to have all players willing and able to indulge in the dirty stuff at the breakdown and tireless defending.  It needs a strong balance and so the attack philosophy has to be mellowed through 80 minutes.
Lancaster seems attack driven (which is a good thing) That new balance where he's the assistant though to the defensive expert.... it might be a nice combination; IF Lancaster came in, that is.  He might though go straight back to England or somewhere else.

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Post by rodders on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:27 am

So as expected Joe is gone after the RWC.

He is genuinely irreplaceable, a genius. I think he not just the best coach in rugby but possibly any sport and we'll never see the likes of him again.

At both Leinster and Ireland he's had good players to work with but there's no doubt for me he was fundamental their successes and making them much more than the sum of their parts.

I'm sure he will be like a man possessed over the next 11 months to go out on a high.

Farrell is the obvious replacement. He's certainly added something since he came in and will continue to drive standards forward, so although I'm very sad to see Joe leave we are lucky to have such a quality replacement already in place.
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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:40 am

rodders wrote:

At both Leinster and Ireland he's had good players to work with but there's no doubt for me he was fundamental their successes and making them much more than the sum of their parts.


Don't know if Joe was at the ceremony in Monte Carlo last night.... I just tuned in for the last part where a speechless Sexton accepted his award and Rory spoke for him (bizarre stuff)
Anyway, if Joe was there, the two of them (Sexton and Joe) must have looked at each other a few times and wondered where all the time had gone since their first meeting.  It's passed in an instant.

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Post by rodders on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 10:50 am

All good things come to an end, I'm just glad to have lived at a time to witness Ireland evolve from 5N wooden spooners to a genuine world force.

That certainly didn't begin with Joe but he has certainly taken things to another level.
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Post by TightHEAD on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:05 am

I think there will be a drop off from Ireland, long time to go until the RWC in rugby terms, I can see this knocking 5-8pts off their performances.
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Post by Pete330v2 on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:18 am

rodders wrote:All good things come to an end, I'm just glad to have lived at a time to witness Ireland evolve from 5N wooden spooners to a genuine world force.

That certainly didn't begin with Joe but he has certainly taken things to another level.

That's exactly how I feel about it Rodders, it's been a privilege but this time next year it'll be time to move on to a new era for Irish rugby. We can't replace Joe, there's nobody out there that can.

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:21 am

TightHEAD wrote:I think there will be a drop off from Ireland, long time to go until the RWC in rugby terms, I can see this knocking 5-8pts off their performances.

That'll be okay then. Coz when Stevie Hansen tells the ABs that he too is going after 2019... that'll drop 5-8pts off their performances. Wink

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Post by Don Alfonso on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:36 am

So.

Who do we speak to about getting Joe an OBE for services to rugby in Northern Ireland?

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:46 am

Just to sober this show up a bit:

This just in from Nucifora: *evil chuckle* That's one interfering bollix gone. Now onto that other c**t, Browne. When he's gone I shall declare myself Infallible and a God. I shall then ruin Ulster with more glee than I could muster whilst being curtailed"

Damn. You Ulster lads were right about him all along! Dark times ahead.

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Post by Collapse2005 on Mon 26 Nov 2018, 11:48 am

Pete330v2 wrote:
rodders wrote:All good things come to an end, I'm just glad to have lived at a time to witness Ireland evolve from 5N wooden spooners to a genuine world force.

That certainly didn't begin with Joe but he has certainly taken things to another level.

That's exactly how I feel about it Rodders, it's been a privilege but this time next year it'll be time to move on to a new era for Irish rugby. We can't replace Joe, there's nobody out there that can.

I agree. Amazing man. I can see Ireland going back to a 2nd/3rd place team for a long time now.

Is it true he is quitting rugby altogether or just for the moment? Is he staying in Ireland or going back to NZ?

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