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Rugby World Cup: Ireland's Joe Schmidt to turn down €2m England approach

Published 20/10/2015

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces the media on the side's arrival back in Dublin on Monday
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces the media on the side's arrival back in Dublin on Monday
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt saw his side knocked out of the World Cup

Joe Schmidt appears unlikely to be tempted by any attempts to lure him across the Irish Sea despite reports in France that English officials will offer the IRFU more than €2m to buy out the head coach's contract.

The former Leinster supremo's current deal runs until 2017 and the union expect him to see that out.

While the union do not comment on speculation, it is understood that the reports that he is being targeted as a replacement for Stuart Lancaster are not being taken seriously and that there has been no formal approach.

It seems somewhat premature given the English union only yesterday began their review process into what went wrong as they exited their home World Cup.

The investigation will be led by RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, Professional Game Board chairman Ian Metcalfe, former players Ben Kay and Ian Watmore and ex-Lions and Scotland coach Ian McGeechan.

Schmidt was asked about the initial reports before Sunday's quarter-final defeat to Argentina and denied he was interested in Lancaster's job.

Ireland will begin their own review into the tournament in the coming weeks, with performance director David Nucifora likely to take the lead in the investigation into what led to yet another quarter-final exit.

After the 2007 and 2011 exits, the IRFU produced their 'Plan Ireland' document which led to Nucifora's appointment and the express intention of "improved results in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups".

The players landed in Dublin yesterday and will return to their provinces over the course of the next week. The extended squad members who didn't feature against Argentina are likely to see Pro12 action this weekend. Those who started against the Pumas are to be given this week off.

Leinster will assess the condition of Johnny Sexton's groin strain, while Tommy Bowe is set to be out for a number of months after returning home in a knee brace.

Ireland's Conor Murray kicks the ball during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Conor Murray kicks the ball during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip looks dejected following an Argentina try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip (left) looks dejected during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Argentina's Matias Alemanno during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Argentina's Juan Imhoff runs forward to score a try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Juan Imhoff runs forward to score a try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Devin Toner reaches for a high ball during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jordi Murphy goes in to score his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jordi Murphy (6) celebrates after scoring his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jordi Murphy scores his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Argentina's Matias Moroni tries to break through Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Ian Madigan during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald scores a try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald celebrates scoring his try with team-mate Conor Murray during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland fans look on during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Pablo Matera and Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe tackle Ireland's Robbie Henshaw for the ball during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Leonardo Senatore is tackled by Ireland's Dave Kearney during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland's Tommy Bowe receives medical attention during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Pablo Matera is tackled by Ireland's Ian Madigan during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls tackle Argentina's Matias Moroni during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Matias Moroni scores his team's opening try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls tackle Argentina's Matias Moroni during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Argentina's Matias Moroni scores his team's opening try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland fan prior to the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland fans show support for their team in the stands during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Ireland players sing the national anthem prior to the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland fan prior to the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Schmidt could have to do without Peter O'Mahony for the Six Nations as he goes for surgery on his cruciate knee ligament injury in the next few weeks. Munster have not put a timeline on his return.

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