Schmidt is confident he’ll get a response from wounded BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Tuesdays at Ireland headquarters are usually low-key affairs. Yesterday had a very different feel as Joe Schmidt kept himself at the front of a ship that, from the outside, appears to be struggling to stay afloat. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/schmidt-is-confident-hell-get-a-response-from-wounded-38442570.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article38442595.ece/04065/AUTOCROP/h342/inpho_01594321.jpg Email Tuesdays at Ireland headquarters are usually low-key affairs. Yesterday had a very different feel as Joe Schmidt kept himself at the front of a ship that, from the outside, appears to be struggling to stay afloat. Acutely aware of the storm of criticism encircling his squad, the experienced head coach thought better of sticking with the routine of sending one of his assistants out to bat and instead fronted the press conference himself two days ahead of schedule. In doing so, he was able to move the story on towards an increasingly important battle with Wales at the Principality Stadium this Saturday where a host of returning faces will attempt to steady matters. At once circumspect about the eight-try loss and upbeat on the prospects of turning things around, the New Zealander cut a more confident figure than he did at times during a difficult Six Nations. Perhaps the chastening at… Read full this story
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