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Andy Farrell to replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach after World Cup

Andy Farrell to replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach after World Cup

Sports
Joe Schmidt is to stand down as Ireland's head coach after the 2019 World Cup and will be replaced by current defence coach Andy Farrell.Schmidt, 53, said he had decided to finish coaching and focus on family commitments.He has been with Ireland since 2013 and this year guided them to their third Grand Slam and a first victory on home soil over New Zealand. "I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands," said Schmidt."The management and players have been incredible to work with and the tremendous support we have had, particularly at home in the Aviva, but where ever we have travelled, has been uplifting."Farrell, 43, joined the Ireland set-up in April 2016 as defence coach, having previously had ...
Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on surviving locked-in syndrome

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on surviving locked-in syndrome

Health
Imagine suddenly finding yourself in a world where you can't speak, move or even breathe unaided.Your heart stopped on the way to hospital, meaning you've briefly technically died, but they managed to keep you alive.But now you have to, somehow, survive what comes next - being "locked" inside your own unresponsive body.Your distraught family has been warned to prepare for your funeral (your husband decides on scattering your ashes in Cambridge, a place that has special memories for you both).And your three children have to immediately take life-saving medication to stop them catching the same bacterial infection that's trying to kill you. That is the situation that befell scientist Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on New Year's Day 2013 ...