Joe Schmidt 'feels sorry' for Declan Kidney

Leinster Rugby head coach Joe Schmidt on February 25, 2013
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Newly-appointed Ireland boss Joe Schmidt believes that injuries have played a part in the nation's recent poor form.

Newly-appointed Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has admitted that he has sympathy for his predecessor Declan Kidney.

The Leinster boss, who signed a three-year deal with the nation on Monday, has blamed injuries for Kidney's struggles at the helm.

"It's been the same at Leinster this season. If you have injuries, you're compromised and have to fight your way through those periods," he told Sky Sports News.

"I certainly sympathise with the recent Irish performances and the results that didn't go their way can be mitigated by the number of key players who were missing.

"Look at the way Munster have recharged themselves recently following the return of key players. I hope that with Ireland we'll have less injuries and give the performances that will meet the expectations of our supporters."

Ireland won just once in the Six Nations this year.

Leinster Rugby head coach Joe Schmidt on February 25, 2013
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