The beginning of Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations career could have been so much smoother. Schmidt was immediately into firefighting mode just hours before his first Six Nations game. Whatever happens, Schmidt will exit the Six Nations with nothing but affection for a championship that has more than lived up to expectations for the 53-year-old. Schmidt is up and running and the following week’s 26-3 win over Wales confirms that this is not an Ireland team to be dismissed. Schmidt’s team gave the Irish a St Patrick’s Day to really celebrate as they dominate Eddie Jones’s outgoing champions on their own turf with a comprehensive victory to secure the head coach’s first and Ireland’s third Grand Slam.
Source: Irish Examiner March 16, 2019 05:37 UTC