Published: 14:15 | 8/10/20

New role for Schmidt


Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been appointed World Rugby's new Director of Rugby and High Performance.

Schmidt, who stepped down from his Ireland role after the World Cup in Japan last year, is set to join World Rugby next month where he will head up various high performance, match officials and technical services functions including player welfare, training and education.

During his six years in charge of the national team, Ireland won three Six Nations titles including a memorable Grand Slam in 2018. 

Before that he guided Leinster to two Heineken Cups along with a Challenge Cup and PRO12 title during three years in charge at the RDS.

"We are delighted to appoint a person of Joe's calibre, expertise and global credibility to this newly-created and strategically important position within the organisation," World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said.

"It is fantastic to have an individual who has been at the forefront of the high-performance game management evolution at the very highest level for well over a decade."

New Zealand-born Schmidt added: "I'm really looking forward to getting started. The professional game is the showpiece for our sport and involving key stakeholders in our discussions about how the game is played and how players are managed will be beneficial." 

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