Sydney - Joe Schmidt says he will likely wait until the end
of the year before deciding whether to stay on as Ireland coach beyond the 2019
Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Schmidt has raised the Six Nations champions to the No 2
world ranking, behind only top-ranked New Zealand, heading into Saturday's
third and deciding Test against Australia in Sydney.
"By the end of this year I would say there will be some
fair direction there because for the entire following year I'm still in situ,
unless I get sacked," Schmidt said on Friday. "You can be flavour of
the month one week, and things can turn around very quickly, so I take nothing
Schmidt credited his assistants with much of Ireland's
"I think one of the misconceptions is that a head coach
has a major influence," he said. "I'd like to think I have a degree
of influence, but there's a great coaching team, that includes Jason Cowman,
the strength and conditioning coach (and) the medical team."
He said the wishes of his family will also have a bearing on
his decision, which won't come until a period of rest and reflection following
Ireland's November tests against Argentina, New Zealand and the United States.
"One of the few times of the year our family manage to
get together is Christmas and we'll make our decision after that I'd say,"