The IRFU has confirmed Joe Schmidt will leave his role as Ireland head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Andy Farrell will become head coach after the tournament which takes place in Japan.
Speaking about his decision to finish coaching Joe Schmidt said: "I have decided to finish coaching and will prioritise family commitments after the RWC in 2019.
I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands. The management and players have been incredible to work with and the tremendous support we have had, particularly at home in the Aviva, but where ever we have travelled has been uplifting.
Thank you to the IRFU for their support and patience and thanks also to so many people who have adopted my family and me, making us feel part of the community here in Ireland.
There are some inspiring challenges over the next 11 months so there's plenty of motivation for me to continue working hard, alongside the other management staff, so that the team can be as competitive as possible."
Schmidt was appointed head coach ahead of the 2013 Guinness Series. Yesterday, Joe was names World Rugby Coach of the Year for 2018, while Ireland were named World Rugby Team of the Year.