Leinster’s Schmidt set for contract extension

Joe Schmidt is set to be offered a one-year contract extension at Leinster, according to a report in the Irish Times.

It is believed Leinster officials are keen to secure Schimdt, who is in the final year of his contract, for another year at least.

The New Zealander took over from former head coach Michael Cheika at the beginning of the 2010-11 season and has led Leinster to much success.

Schmidt has brought back-to-back Heineken Cup successes to the eastern province and players and fans will be anxious that his services be secured for another year.

One factor, and perhaps the deciding one for Schmidt, will be family matters but with his son Timmy not yet finished his Leaving Certificate it is very likely Schmidt will pen the extension.

The Times also reported that coach Rob Cowman looks set to leave Leinster as he has secured a place on the Ireland back-room team, starting with the November internationals.

The strength and conditioning coach is set to link up with the Irish squad full-time, replacing Phil Morrow who joined Saracens after the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.


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