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Joe Schmidt 'leading candidate' to replace Stuart Lancaster as England boss - reports

Published 16/10/2015

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

French media today suggested that the English RFU will attempt to pry Joe Schmidt away from Ireland after the Rugby World Cup.

Schmidt, who is contracted with the IRFU until 2017, has emerged as the preferred choice to succeed Stuart Lancaster as England head coach according to Midi-Olympique.

Lancaster is almost certain to vacate the position after a dismal Rugby World Cup which saw the hosts fail to reach the knockout stage.

The media outlet states that while Jake White and Japan boss Eddie Jones are interested in the post, Schmidt is the man at the top of the RFU's list.

They suggest that a move across the Irish Sea would represent a step up for the Kiwi.

Schmidt's star has been on the rise since his days as assistant coach to Vern Cotter at Clermont Auvergne.

Two Heineken Cup titles with Leinster and back-to-back Six Nations titles, have made the New Zealand one of the most sought-after coaches in world rugby.

He is hotly tipped to lead the British and Irish Lions in their tour of New Zealand in 2017 or replace Steve Hansen when he vacates the All Blacks hotseat.

Should Schmidt take up the job, current Irish defensive coach Les Kiss could be in line to replace him.

Kiss is set to join up with Ulster Ruby after the world cup.

Source: Irish Independent

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