Joe Schmidt: Former Ireland head coach to leave World Rugby role
Joe Schmidt will leave his role as director of rugby with the governing body at the end of the year to spend more time with his family in New Zealand; Schmidt was appointed by World Rugby in October 2020
Last Updated: 03/09/21 10:28am
Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will leave his role as World Rugby's director of rugby and high performance at the end of this year.
World Rugby said the 55-year-old had decided to spend more time with his family at home in New Zealand.
He will, though, remain a member of the governing body's high performance rugby committee and laws review group.
World Rugby said: "With the global pandemic having restricted movement, and with significant opportunity for reflection, Schmidt has decided that he will continue to reside in New Zealand rather than relocate to Ireland (World Rugby's base) in order to ensure the best possible work-life balance for him and his family."
Schmidt, whose appointment was announced in October 2020, added: "World Rugby have a challenging task bringing together a vast array of stakeholders to grow and future proof the game, particularly with the pandemic creating further complications.
"I would like to thank the World Rugby staff for their support and positivity during the past 12 months.
"There is a real passion among them to help the game be all it can be for everyone involved, and I have enjoyed my time as part of the team, working in partnership with unions, regions and competitions.
"I am disappointed to be leaving World Rugby, but look forward to continuing an association with them through the high performance rugby committee and other key working groups."