Joe Schmidt has committed his future to Ireland. The New Zealander has agreed a new deal that will see him remain as Ireland head coach until the year 2017.
Since taking over from Declan Kidney in the summer of 2013 the team has achieved a 78% win ratio with 14 wins and 4 losses from the 18 Test matches played to date under his stewardship.
Ireland were ranked 8th in the World Rugby rankings in October 2013 and are currently 3rd.
Schmidt is delighted to extend his stay in the top job in Irish rugby, "I appreciate the support I have had from the IRFU and look forward to the next two challenging years with the National Team."
"It has been great to be involved in such a player driven environment, along with such a skilled and positive staff to support them in their quest to be as competitive as possible."
The New Zealander is quickly becoming one of the most highly regarded coaches in the game IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne is delighted to have secured his services until 2017:
"Joe embodies the core values of the IRFU in what he does and his commitment to the national team is mirrored by his support of Rugby clubs and schools."
"He is a tremendous ambassador for our game and will continue to be a vital asset to Irish Rugby over the coming years."