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Ordinary Joe

Ordinary Joe (Paperback)

By Schmidt, Joe

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'He's a great coach. He lives and breathes the game. There's nothing he doesn't know.' Brian O'Driscoll 'The best coach Irish rugby - arguably Irish sport - has ever had' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times In the autumn of 2010, a little-known New Zealander called Joe Schmidt took over... as head coach at Leinster. He had never been in charge of a professional team. After Leinster lost three of their first four games, a prominent Irish rugby pundit speculated that Schmidt had 'lost the dressing room'. Nine years on, Joe Schmidt has stepped down as Ireland coach having achieved success on a scale never before seen in Irish rugby. Two Heineken Cups in three seasons with Leinster. Three Six Nations championships in six seasons with Ireland, including the Grand Slam in 2018. And a host of firsts: the first Irish victory in South Africa; the first Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and then a second; and Ireland's first number 1 world ranking. Along the way, Schmidt became a byword for precision and focus in coaching, remarkable attention to detail and the highest of standards. But who is Joe Schmidt? In Ordinary Joe, Schmidt tells the story of his life and influences: the experiences and management ideas that made him the coach, and the man, that he is today. And his diaries of the 2018 Grand Slam and the 2019 Rugby World Cup provide a brilliantly intimate insight into the stresses and joys of coaching a national team in victory and defeat. From the small towns in New Zealand's North Island where he played barefoot rugby and jostled around the dinner table with seven siblings, to the training grounds and video rooms where he consistently kept his teams a step ahead of the opposition, Ordinary Joe reveals an ordinary man who has helped his teams to achieve extraordinary things. 'Rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation ... Full of insight, emotion and considered analysis' Irish Daily Mail 'He is clearly more than an ordinary coach, the winning of two Heinekens, beating New Zealand twice, the 2018 Grand Slam and reaching no.1 in the World Rankings are positive brushstrokes, marking Irish rugby for ever ... A rocky read about exceptional deeds, told in extraordinary fashion' Irish Daily Star 'Undoubtedly the greatest coach in Irish rugby history' Daily Telegraph
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ISBN 9780241981092
Released AU 10 Sep 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780241981092
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Released 10 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Schmidt, Joe
Category Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Sporting Events, Tours & Organisations
Sports Teams & Clubs
Sports Training & Coaching
Rugby Union
Rugby League
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 796.333092
Weight 258g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Rugby football coaches - Biography - New Zealand, Rugby football coaches - Biography - Ireland, Rugby Union football - Ireland
NBS Text Autobiography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade