Schmidt rejected role with All Blacks last year

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt turned down an offer to work under his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen last year. Chief executive of NZ Rugby, Steve Tew told the New Zealand Herald they approached Schmidt about an assistant coaching job last year. The 53-year-old announced last month he will step down after Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World

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Head coach Jackman leaves Dragons role

Dragons have parted company with head coach Bernard Jackman. The former Ireland hooker succeeded Kingsley Jones after the Welsh Rugby Union took over the Newport-based team in June, 2017. Dragons won two Pro14 games in Jackman’s first season in charge. Despite summer arrivals including Wales internationals Ross Moriarty, Richard Hibbard and Aaron Jarvis, their Pro14

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