Published: 16:06 | 28/11/19

'Enjoy the good days', Schmidt tells Farrell

Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has advised his successor Andy Farrell to make the most of the good days because the bad ones will be very painful.

Schmidt’s six-year ended on a low note with Ireland’s underwhelming performance in the World Cup and quarter-final defeat to New Zealand. 

It was a sad end to a tenure which included a Grand Slam and three Six Nations titles plus a number of firsts including two victories over the All Blacks, a first series win in Australia in 44 years and a first ever test win over the Springboks on South African soil.

Despite all this success, however, it is memories of the bad days that linger longest and new coach Farrell should savour the good ones when they come, Schmidt advised.

"I'd give Andy advice that I never took - I'd say keep the balance and enjoy the special moments," he said on RTE2fm.

"They're not as deep as the scars. The scars tend to last longer. They're the ones that unfortunately embed themselves a little bit deeper. 

"I really rate Andy as a coach and as a person, and the rest of the coaching staff. I think they are going to have some of them special days. I'd just say, look, enjoy them.

"It was a bit of a rollercoaster through the World Cup and then unfortunately we were on the downswing at the wrong time. 

"Usually you can pick the scab off and the scar recovers because you're straight into the Six Nations. I spent time with Andy Farrell, Simon Easterby and Richie Murphy and they're all looking forward, projecting towards the Six Nations.

"I'm still buried in the World Cup because that's where it all ends (for me). That's probably the hardest thing. It's harder to shake."

Schmidt also remembered some of the better moments and praised Ireland’s diaspora for making every game feel like a home tie.

"We go to Melbourne and it's like a home game," he added. 

"It must be tough for some opponents sometimes. We go places and it sounds like we're at home. 

"It has been incredibly special for me and the players."

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