Rory Best has insisted that Ireland coach Joe Schmidt could lead the Irish and British Lions.

The Ireland captain also has supported the Lions to be guided by the New Zealander to a Test series victory in South Africa if he search out the challenge.

Schmidt, 53, announced in November he intends to complete training following the 20-19 worldcup to target on his family.

“The Lions is one of those few things he hasn’t achieved,” said Best.

“He hasn’t been given the opportunity to succeed “

Schmidt refused to exclude a return to training and might control a fresh Zealand training post if he can come back into the game.

Best feels that his Ireland boss will be ideally suited to leading the group of tourists.

“I have no doubt he will be successful given that opportunity,” the Ulster hooker continued.

“There is no uncertainty with the way he plays and the way he goes about his own business he may take the Lions and succeed with them.”

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Former Leinster manager Schmidt, that will be replaced at Ireland by his current defence coach Andy Farrell, has directed the side during five years at the helm by the eighth to second on the planet.

This bout has included one Grand Slam, three Six Nations titles and also two successes .

There has been hints his step by step coaching methodology wouldn’t give itself however Lions tourist Greatest Speeches.

“I think Joe could very, very professionally walk right to some Lions role and find yourself a team willing to win Test series in South Africa,” he continued.

“Right from the word go he is expecting things from you personally. Quickly the penny would drop, and everyone would like being there.”

While acknowledging Schmidt are a loss to rugby if he retire from training for good his urge to settle his family was hailed by the Ireland skipper.

“Joe’s family have sacrificed a lot to allow him to be the very best coach in the whole entire world,” said Best.

“Occasionally you find a opportunity to give a bit back into your own family, also Joe now sees a opportunity to thank them repaying that support.”


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