Schmidt revels in title tension

Ross McLean
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IRELAND coach Joe Schmidt believes the manner of his side’s heart-stopping Six Nations triumph will prove a sizeable investment, despite causing short-term palpitations.

Holders Ireland claimed back-to-back titles for the first time since 1949 after beating Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield, a points differential which England ultimately failed to overhaul against France.

Schmidt said: “It was tumultuous. Exhausting. It builds coronaries for coaches but it also builds character.”