Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits that he is missing the adrenalin rush that comes with being a coach at the highest level.
Schmidt stepped away from the game following Ireland's quater-final exit at the hands of the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup in Japan to prioritise his family.
“I don't miss the pressure but, as much as I didn't really enjoy the pressure in those matchday circumstances, you invariably ... that adrenalin rush is addictive and you do end up missing it. It's a little bit of a paradox really.” he told 2FM's Game On.
Schmidt went on to talk about the rugby landscape once the global game returns.
“There's no better time for some changes to occur but it is very hard to make changes with a relatively disparate group."
"Everybody is going to protect their parochial patch and one of the things up here is that the Six Nations is second to none as far as every tournament is concerned."
“For that to be ring-fenced, that was one of the stumbling blocks in trying to get a global international competition going."
“If they can do it in a club sense, I know teams like Leinster would love to end up playing the Crusaders, for example, if they were the Super Rugby Champions, to climb that final summit, because if they can become kings of the north then people will have a bit of interest in that as well. It is an opportunity to get the interest high and grow the game a bit.”