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Schmidt heads to hospital after win

Head coach Joe Schmidt gritted his teeth through Ireland's 26-23 victory over Australia in Dublin, then headed straight for medical tests suffering suspected appendicitis.

The former Leinster boss kept his counsel on his illness to guide Ireland to their first autumn Test series clean sweep since 2006.

Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) officials confirmed after the match however that Schmidt had required medical attention after feeling unwell all day.

Ireland opened their autumn series by seeing off South Africa 29-15, before fielding a largely second-string outfit that eased past Georgia 49-7.

Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe claimed tries as Ireland raced into a 17-0 lead against Australia in Dublin on Saturday.

The visitors hit back through Nick Phipps' brace and a further try for Bernard Foley, only for Ireland to fend off a second-half onslaught and grind their way to victory.

At the final whistle, rather than fulfil usual media and other commitments, Schmidt headed off for further examination with medics offering a tentative appendicitis diagnosis.

Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss said boss Schmidt "toughed out the day" in typically understated fashion.

"He's just going to be assessed; he's had some pretty bad stomach pains through the day," said Kiss.

"He toughed out the day in true Joe style, but will now just undergo further tests."

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell said without prior knowledge no one would have realised Schmidt was battling a nasty illness.

"Guys were aware he was sick, he was kind of stand-offish, he was worried about passing on anything he had," said O'Connell.

"If you hadn't have been told, I don't think anyone would have known."


From Belfast Telegraph