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Schmidt is world's greatest coach, says Ireland hooker Sean Cronin

By Nick Purewal

Joe Schmidt's unrivalled "motivational fear" marks him out as the best coach in world rugby, according to Ireland hooker Sean Cronin.

Head coach Schmidt has already spearheaded three Six Nations titles in five years, and can now lead Ireland to their third ever Grand Slam this weekend.

Victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday would set the class of 2018 alongside the Grand Slam winners of 1948 and 2009, and cement Kiwi boss Schmidt's status as one of Ireland's greatest ever coaches.

Cronin insists his greatness extends far beyond Irish shores, however, rating his former Leinster boss as the globe's top coach.

"He's the best coach in the world, his results speak for themselves; three Championships in five years is incredible," said Cronin. "He's top quality, and he has great support staff behind him too.

"I've been involved with Joe for a long time, both at Leinster and Ireland, and when you do make a mistake during a game you're already thinking about the review on Monday.

"There's not many coaches who can put that kind of motivational fear into you.

"Chances to pull off a Grand Slam are few and far between. I've never been involved in a Grand Slam decider before.

"Guys are well aware these opportunities don't come around very often. We can't let an opportunity like this slip by."

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