DUBLIN – Coach Joe Schmidt will resign as the Irish man of the next year's World Cup and replace defensive guru Andy Farrell, an Irish Rugby Football Union announced on Monday.
The 53-year-old New Zealander – named coach on Sunday – has been guiding Irish success in her unprecedented position as she has taken over the arm of a demoralized resident in 2013.
According to him, they have won three Six Nations events – including this year's Grand Slam – and two historic wins over World Champion New Zealand, including the first to win them in Irish soil in an epic 16-9 victory earlier this month.
Next year, Schmidt will hopefully fix one big disappointment – Argentina's humiliation in the 2015 World Cup quarter – and will deliver the Webb Ellis prize to Ireland for the first time.
Schmidt, hired as an Irish coach for a successful spell in Ireland's Leinster, winning the consecutive European Cups (2011/12), says he wants to spend time training with his family.
One of Schmidt's children, Luke suffers from epilepsy, and the coach has been heavily involved in epilepsy-related charitable work in Ireland.
"I've decided the end of the training, and to give priority to family businesses following their commitment in 2019," Schmidt said. "I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands.
"The management and the players have been amazing to work and the tremendous support we have had, especially at home on Lansdowne Road, but where we have traveled, has been uplifting."
Farrell, the former England Rugby League, who changed the codes and represented England in the Union, has been instrumental in the success of Ireland since 2016.
The 43-year-old Englishman – whose son Owen is an English captain and his first alternative to flying – has been the Irish victory and the loss of his country.
Eddie Jones kept him in surplus as a defense coach who took over after the 2015 World Cup.
Farrell's strength in defensive preparations is essential for the last three years, All Black's victories, two Irish players in Chicago in 2016 and this year, and British & Irish Lions' success in 2017 in three test series, 1.
"It is a privilege to take into account such a prestigious role," said Farrell.
"I've learned a lot Joea the last few years, and I'm learning him to continue over the next year, when the coaching team and players focus on to compete in two major tournaments in 2019."
Agence France-Presse (AFP)