Ireland coach Joe Schmidt taken to hospital

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been taken to hospital suffering from suspected appendicitis after watching his team edge Australia 26-23.

The forty-nine-year-old New Zealander managed to get through Ireland’s Test against Australia before opting to go to hospital.

Schmidt gave no clues away about his health or the pain he was feeling when he spoke to Irish national broadcaster RTE after the match.

However, he did say, when asked would the win set them up for retaining the Six Nations title,”I’m just hoping to survive tonight.”

The team spokesman said Schmidt had been in agony all day before watching the Irish edge a thriller and complete their first double over the Wallabies and the Springboks — whom they beat 29-15 a fortnight ago –since 2006.

“He manned up today but he had to go to hospital after having been looked at here at Lansdowne Road,” said the spokesman.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell who named man of the match said Schmidt had not said a word about his illness.

“He was as normal stand-offish,” grinned the 35-year-old Munster lock.

“He didn’t come too close to us all day in case it was something catching. He didn’t want to distract us from our focus. That’s the type of man he is.”

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