IRFU open talks to keep Schmidt

Date published: April 17 2015

After two Six Nations titles in two years, the IRFU are understandably eager to keep hold of head coach Joe Schmidt long-term.

The former Leinster boss has been touted as a future All Blacks coach and his present deal runs out at the end of the 2015/2016 season.

His success with Ireland came after winning European and PRO12 titles with Leinster, with Schmidt's glittering CV meaning that clubs will be lining up to bring him on board should he become available.

Ireland's hope is to sign Schmidt up to a new contract that runs through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

"We're in discussions with Joe," IRFU chief executive Philip Browne told the Irish Independent.

"He's just off the back of the Six Nations and he's been away and I'm sure those discussions will come to some sort of conclusion over the next couple of months.

"It will be what it will be, I'd like to have more to say about it and when we do we'll say it."