Internationals

McCaw: Schmidt could be future All Blacks head coach

Richie McCaw believes Joe Schmidt is capable of taking charge of New Zealand after proving his credentials as Ireland head coach.

Schmidt masterminded back-to-back Six Nations triumphs for Ireland in 2014 and 2015, and guided them to the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year.

The New Zealander is contracted until 2017, which is also when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen's current deal is due to come to an end.

Legendary former All Blacks captain McCaw thinks Schmidt could be a good appointment if the 50-year-old gets the chance to take the top job with his country.

"To pick up the experience he's picked up over here would be invaluable," McCaw, who earned 148 caps and won two World Cups with New Zealand, told UTV Ireland.

"There’s a few Super Rugby jobs coming up too, a guy like that, if he wants to get back in New Zealand before he gets a crack at the All Blacks thing he’d be a great man to have back in the mix.

"Steve Hansen is still coaching until at least 2017 so that job may not open up for a while.

"Just to have a guy like that back involved in New Zealand rugby would be awesome. You watch with interest he's certainly done a good job over here over the last few years."