The Grand Slam-winning coach of ireland will announce next week if he’s going to come home following the World Cup to New Zealand or sign a new thing that is Irish.

Schmidt is being tipped to step into a future All Blacks training setup.

“I am just incredibly blessed to have the IRFU,” explained Schmidt following his group’s 57-14 win over the USA on Saturday.

“I have committed to a specific timeframe with them and I have stuck to this.

“I have given them an indication and I just have to speak to people tomorrow and that’ll be made public early next week”

Schmidt added that the IRFU have in no way pressurised him to make an early decision.

“They have said,’do not be reckless, should you change your mind we’d like to keep this dialog or if you change your mind another way let’s discuss that’.

“They have set out about five different scenarios and have been good with me.”

Schmidt’s mostly second-string side recovered from a slow start to score eight attempts in Saturday’s win over the Eagles.

Munster wing Andrew Conway notched a hat-trick, as the Irish completed a clean sweep of November wins with John Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, , Quinn Roux and Jack Conan also crossing.

Darren Sweetnam suffered while Ulster full-back May Addison was forced off in half-time after a head injury assessment, an early spine injury which forced Ireland to a backline reshuffle, denying Joey Carbery the chance for an extended run at fly-half.

Schmidt insisted he was pleased with Ireland’s display despite the concession of two attempts.

“It’s a very pleasing result, because the USA are extremely physical,” explained Schmidt.


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