Joe Schmidt appointed Ireland head coach

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip scores a try in the Six Nations match with France on March 9, 2013
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New Zealander Joe Schmidt is appointed head coach of the Ireland Rugby Union team.

New Zealander Joe Schmidt has been appointed head coach of Ireland.

The news was confirmed on the official Irish Rugby Football Union website, with a press conference due to take place this afternoon at 4pm.

Schmidt had been installed as the favourite to replace Declan Kidney, whose five-year stay came to an end following a poor display in the Six Nations.

It is understood that the former Leinster coach has signed a three-year deal with the Irish RFU, which will keep him with the nation until at least 2016.

Leinster Rugby head coach Joe Schmidt on February 25, 2013
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