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Schmidt eyes history before sorting future


Focus: Joe Schmidt wants Test glory

Focus: Joe Schmidt wants Test glory

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Focus: Joe Schmidt wants Test glory

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has revealed he intends creating history against the Springboks before making a decision on his future.

Schmidt's side travel to South Africa at the end of this week, where they have never won before and face three Tests in June, with the former Leinster supremo due to decide whether he will lead Ireland beyond 2017 upon their return.

"I just have to report in with my mum at home after the tour," he joked yesterday at his press conference in the Aviva Stadium.

"I'll have a final chat with her. It's one of those things (his contract) that probably hasn't taken up a lot of my time recently.

"You don't get many opportunities to go to a place like South Africa. We've never won there.

"We're incredibly motivated to be as competitive as we can be."

Schmidt, meanwhile, defended accusations that he is picking the Ireland squad on reputation rather than form, but stressed that past performance in a green shirt is a major factor in his selections. The New Zealander has come in for criticism after leaving all of Connacht's back three players out of his squad to tour South Africa in the aftermath of their stunning display in Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final win over Leinster.

"I don't think the word 'reputation' is applicable," Schmidt said. "Performance is."

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