Guinness Autumn International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks Ireland’s Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock with Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa SpringboksMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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Leinster’s Fergus McFadden and Jonathan Sexton celebrate with Joe Schmidt after Saturday’s Pro 12 final win over Ulster.  “I was surprised that a motivation for Joe to move to the National team was that he perceived the role of National coach would allow him to spend more time with his family.” Photograph: Inpho

So, to new beginnings. Today Joe Schmidt is the national coach of Ireland and Matt O’Connor is head coach of Leinster. It would be an in(...)