Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says he hasn't had a full day off for six and a half years but is not complaining.
The New Zealander, still suffering from the quarter-final defeat of the Rugby World Cup last weekend for All Blacks, has returned to the welcome of a hero at Dublin airport, although he has not advanced to the semifinals.
Being in charge of the first Irish team to win All Blacks (2016) and then doing it again two years later means that Irish rugby fans won't be judging Schmidt in the 46-14 quarterfinal defeat – his test final in command.
Schmidt, who announced in November last year that "would finish training and prioritize family commitments" after the World Cup, also delivered a Grand Slam, three Six Nations Championships, a serial victory in Australia and the first test of Ireland. on South African soil.
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On his return from Japan, Schmidt began his strenuous agenda in charge of Ireland.
"It wasn't a job; it was a way of life," he told the newspaper. Irish times.
"It's been seven days a week and I think I can honestly say that in six and a half years I haven't taken a whole day off," Schmidt told the newspaper. Irish times.
"There isn't a day when I don't think I'm writing notes or watching scenes, or playing a game or training: joining a club and doing something. I loved it."
Schmidt was widely named as the next All Blacks coach after Steve Hansen announced he would move on, but confirmed to Irish times that your priorities have not changed since last year.
"I'm sure my wife is thinking & what else is he going to do too? I know I won't do that [coaching] in the near future. I was impressed by some of the approaches and incredibly humiliated by them, "he said.
"I made the commitment that I will absolutely fulfill by June or July next year. As a family, let's take a step back and decide what people want to do and how we go about things," Schmidt told Irish times.
Despite his historic achievements in charge of Ireland, did Schmidt give a surprise answer when asked for his personal highlights?
"Some of the highlights are probably some of the messages I've received in the last 48 hours, only from former players or people who said there was a real impact over the six and a half years."
"So, I'm going to take some really special memories, but they're a little hard to dig up right now because they're clouded by the disappointment of, you know, Saturday night," Schmidt told the newspaper. Irish times.