Joe Schmid joins New Zealand coaching organization early after Covid cases before series for Ireland | Rugby Union News

Schmid was due to start coaching NZ after the home series against Ireland, but positive tests for head coach Ian Foster, as well as assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod, forced him to join early; Watch the tour of Ireland in New Zealand live on Sky Sports

Last update: 27.06.22 7:28 h


Joe Schmidt has been called in to help prepare the All Blacks for their series against Ireland

Joe Schmidt has been called in to help prepare the All Blacks for Saturday’s first test against former Ireland team at Eden Park after Ian Foster and two of his assistant coaches tested positive for Covid-19.

New Zealander Schmid has coached the Irish for six years since 2013 and his reign included Ireland’s first two victories over the All Blacks.

“Joe will be coming to practice on Tuesday and Thursday this week and we are really grateful for his help,” said Foster. “We have planned this kind of interruption and we have contingency plans and people on standby. Joe was one of those people we could call.

Head coach Ian Foster was among the positive cases of Covid-19 within the New Zealand coaching organization

Head coach Ian Foster was among the positive cases of Covid-19 within the New Zealand coaching organization

“I have full confidence in our coaching team and in our top leaders, who are stepping up in what is a huge challenge for us. Everyone has had to deal with this kind of disturbance for the last few years. This is a real opportunity for the coaching team and the team to come together.

Foster, John Plumtree and Scott McLeod were isolated at home after positive tests for Covid, which also forced centers David Havili and Jack Goodhaw to leave the team’s camp in Auckland. Their Canterbury Crusaders teammate Braden Enner was called up to the team as a midfield cover.

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Ireland also have a case of Covid in their team, as Australian-born outside defender Mc Hansen was forced into isolation. Niall Scannell was called up to the touring team as a cover after prostitute Rob Herring and key Iain Henderson received blows during training and will arrive in New Zealand on Tuesday.

Before Saturday’s opening test, Ireland will face Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on Wednesdaylive on Sky Sportsin the first of two matches of the tour they will play in addition to three international.

The Maori All Blacks were selected for the match on Monday, with regular test players Brad Weber and TJ Perenara sharing responsibilities and captaincy, the latter being off the bench.

1. Olly Norris, 2. Kurt Eklund, 3. Tyrell Lomax, 4. Josh Dixon, 5. Isaiah Walker-Liver, 6. Cameron Swafoa, 7. Billy Harmon, 8. Cullen Grace, 9. Brad Weber ©, 10. Josh John, 11. Connor Garden-Bachop, 12. Rameka Poihipi, 13. Billy Procter, 14. Sean Stevenson, 15. Zarn Sullivan

Substitute: 16. Tyrone Thompson, 17. Tamaiti Williams, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Maanaki Selby-Rickitt, 20. T. K. Howden, 21. TJ Perenara ©, 22. Ruben Love, 23. Baileen Sullivan

Armor July on Sky Sports rugby

In addition to showing Ireland in New Zealand this summer, Sky Sports will show the three-test tour of England in Australia, the three-test tour of Wales in South Africa and the three-test tour of Scotland in Argentina.

WednesdayJune 29

Maori All Blacks v Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 8 o’clock in the morning (the beginning is at 8.05 o’clock)

Saturday, July 2

New Zealand vs. Ireland – live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (beginning at 8:05 p.m.)

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July 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

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Australia vs. England – live Sky Sports Action from 10:15 a.m. (starting at 10:55 a.m.)

South Africa vs. Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 15:30 (starting at 16:05)

Argentina vs. Scotland – live Sky Sports Action from 19:30 (starting at 20:10)

Saturday, July 9th

New Zealand vs. Ireland – live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (beginning at 8:05 p.m.)

Australia vs. England – live Sky Sports Action from 10:15 a.m. (starting at 10:55 a.m.)

South Africa vs. Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 15:30 (starting at 16:05)

Argentina vs. Scotland – live Sky Sports Action from 19:30 (starting at 20:10)

Tuesday, July 12

Maori All Blacks v Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 8 o’clock in the morning (the beginning is at 8.05 o’clock)

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs. Ireland – live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (beginning at 8:05 p.m.)

Australia vs. England – live Sky Sports Action from 10:15 a.m. (starting at 10:55 a.m.)

South Africa vs. Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 15:30 (starting at 16:05)

Argentina vs. Scotland – live Sky Sports Action from 19:30 (starting at 20:10)

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