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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt’s home burgled day after Six Nations victory over England

By Paul Williams

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt’s home was burgled the day after he took the side to victory against England in their Six Nations Grand Slam campaign.

It is the second time the rugby boss has been targeted by thieves after one of his Heineken Cup winners medals was stolen in 2012.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating a robbery in the Churchtown area on Monday afternoon - as the team recovered from their 19-9 Six Nations victory over England at the Aviva Stadium the day before.

It is understood the thieves gained entrance to the house through a side window and made away with a sum of foreign currency.

The hard-working coach has been busy in the days after the match as he awaits updates on the injuries suffered by Jonathan Sexton and Sean O’Brien, who took a strong blow on the pitch and appeared to suffer concussion.

It is not the first time that robbers have struck at the rugby coach’s home in the Churchtown are of Dublin around a key match.

In 2012, the New Zealander’s home was broken into while he was abroad in France for a Heineken Cup match. On that occasion one of his prized Heineken Cup winners medals was also taken in the raid.

However, the medal was recovered in “pristine condition”, a court heard.

One man was placed on a peace bond of €750 for two years and another man pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.

Schmidt’s side are now concentrating on their upcoming match against Wales.

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