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McCaw sees Ireland's Schmidt as good fit for All Blacks coach

20:40 10-11-2018
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Ireland's Joe Schmidt will be a strong contender to replace fellow New Zealander Steve Hansen when the All Blacks coach steps down, according to former captain Richie McCaw, Euronews reports.

Schmidt has led Ireland for five years and his contract with the Six Nations champions ends after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with the 53-year-old saying he would make a decision on his future at the end of this month's internationals in Europe.

Hansen is also contracted through until the Rugby World Cup, where his side will seek an unprecedented third successive title and fourth overall, with speculation growing in New Zealand as to who might replace him -- if he does step down.

"There's no doubt that people admire what Joe has done with the Irish team," McCaw, who won a world record 148 test caps and led the All Blacks to two World Cup titles, told an AIG event in London, with his comments carried widely by New Zealand media.

"He's been away for a while, but there's no doubt amongst the people who understand rugby that he has a very good way of looking at the game.