No three peat for Barrett as Irishman wins Player of the Year

No three peat for Barrett as Irishman wins Player of the Year

It has also been announced that Andy Farrell, the current Ireland defence coach, will take over from Schmidt following the tournament.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne is similarly convinced that Farrell will be able to build upon the foundations that Schmidt has laid and said: "We are incredibly fortunate to have a coach of the calibre of Andy Farrell in Irish Rugby".

'He did text me to say he'd like to thank his management and his backroom staff.

Asked if he is any closer to making his big call following Ireland's 57-14 victory over the US, Schmidt suggested that he has already informed the IRFU of his initial decision.

World Rugby's awards night in Monaco turned green as Ireland's Johnny Sexton and Joe Schmidt led a treble of player, coach and team of the year triumphs.

"I think favorites and underdogs is a tag that is thrown around in the media more than among the teams", he said.

The World Rugby Awards are comprised of 13 categories, including the World Rugby Team of the Year, World Rugby Coach of the Year, World Rugby Men's and Women's Sevens Players of the Year in association with HSBC and World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with Tudor.

"They've set out about five different scenarios and have been great with me".

Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals
Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals

"I've given them an indication and I just need to talk to people tomorrow and that will be made public early next week".

"I know I can't continue to go backwards and forwards".

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick won try of the year.

In Schmidt's five years as head coach, Ireland have won three Six Nations Championships - including the Grand Slam this summer - and arguably become the single strongest worldwide side in the northern hemisphere.

Johnny Sexton has fired a warning shot to Ireland's rivals that Joe Schmidt's men have not even peaked yet, despite their stellar 2018.

"We've got to deal with being favourites and I'm sure we can do that".

Australia's Angus Gardner picked up the Referee Award, with Doddie Weir scooping the Award for Character.

Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and former All Blacks 7s captain DJ Forbes received the International Rugby Players Special Merit Award.


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