Joe Schmidt will leave his role as rugby manager with the governing body at the end of the year to spend more time with his family in New Zealand; Schmidt appointed by World Rugby October 2020 Last Update: 09/03/21 10:28 am Joe Schmidt won three Six Nations titles with Ireland including a Grand Slam in 2018 Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will leave his role as World Rugby and Performance Rugby Manager higher at the end of this year. World Rugby said the 55-year-old has decided to spend more time with his family at home in New Zealand, yet will remain a member of the High Performance Rugby Committee and the Law Review Group of the Board of Directors. World Rugby said: “With the global pandemic restricted movement, and with ample opportunity to reflect, Schmidt decided he would continue to reside in New Zealand rather than move to Ireland (the world rugby base) in order to ensure the best possible work life balance for him and his family.” Schmidt added. , whose appointment was announced in October 2020: “World Rugby faces a challenging task bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to grow and prove the game in the future, particularly as the pandemic increases. Complications.” I would like to thank the World Rugby team for their support and positivity during the past 12 months. “There is a real passion among them to help the game be all it can be for all involved, and I have enjoyed my time as part of the team, working in partnership with unions, regions and competitions.” I am disappointed to be leaving World Rugby, but look forward to continuing to partner with them through the High Performance Rugby Committee and other major working groups. “.