Lam backs Schmidt to remain as Ireland coach

2016-08-23 19:49
Joe Schmidt (Gallo)

Cape Town Ireland coach Joe Schmidt should take his time in deciding his future, says Connacht coach Pat Lam.

Schmidt is considering whether or not to extend his contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to the 2019 World Cup. Schmidt's current contract is due to expire in 2017 as he considers returning to his native New Zealand.

Lam has been earmarked as a potential successor to Schmidt with Ireland but the former Samoa international is keen for the New Zealander to stay where he is.

"It's a big decision, there shouldn't be any rush there," Lam told the Belfast Telegraph of Schmidt's call on whether to remain Ireland's coach.

"It's totally up to Joe. It's nothing to do with me. My focus is completely on Connacht, the expectations are so high. Everyone in Ireland including myself would like Joe to stay and continue the work he's doing.

"The secret of Irish rugby's success is that the provinces and the IRFU, we're all aligned. And our role for Connacht Rugby is to be in the top level of European rugby, to have more players playing for Ireland and to have a good representation of indigenous Connacht players.

"So being able to work closely with Joe and to make sure we can provide him a platform of players to play for Ireland is crucial. So I see our role in that is just as crucial as the other three provinces," Lam said.

Read more on:    ireland  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.