Appendix operation for Schmidt

Date published: November 23 2014

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt went to hospital with appendicitis after watching his men beat Australia 26-23 in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt went to hospital with appendicitis after watching his men beat Australia 26-23.

A team spokesman broke the news following the Six Nations champions’ victory, with the 49-year-old New Zealander having hidden his pain.

However, he did tell RTE, when asked would the win set them up for retaining the Six Nations title: “I’m just hoping to survive tonight.”

The team spokesman said Schmidt had been in agony all day before watching the Irish edge a thriller and complete their first double over the Wallabies and the Springboks – whom they beat 29-15 a fortnight ago – since 2006.

“He manned up today but he had to go to hospital after having been looked at here at Lansdowne Road,” said the spokesman.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell – named man of the match – said Schmidt had not said a word about his illness.

“He was as normal stand-offish,” grinned the 35-year-old Munster lock.

“He didn’t come too close to us all day in case it was something catching. He didn’t want to distract us from our focus. That’s the type of man he is.”

On Sunday, the Irish Rugby Football Union released an update on Schmidt’s health: “On Saturday night Joe had his appendix removed and is recovering well this morning.”

“He would like to thank the doctors and nurses of St. Vincent’s Hospital and everyone for their well wishes and kind messages of support.”

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