New Zealand legend Richie McCaw has admitted that Ireland head-coach Joe Schmidt should be considered to replace current All Blacks boss Steve Hansen after the World Cup, Dublin Live report.

It is expected that Hansen will call it a day with New Zealand after the World Cup in Japan next year, with the 59-year-old aiming to make it back-to-back triumphs on the world’s biggest stage before his exit.

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The country will then be on the lookout for a new boss, with New Zealand officials normally appointing a head-coach who has native Super Rugby coaching experience, something Schmidt doesn’t have.

Schmidt has guided Ireland to second in the world rankings recently behind New Zealand, but is out of contract with Ireland after next years World Cup and is set to inform the IRFU over his future plans by the end of the month.

And despite having no Super Rugby experience, McCaw believes that the NZRU should give serious consideration in looking at Schmidt before they make their decision.

They want the best they can get. So I don’t see that being a stopper at all, but it wont be just a given, either.

But they’d be silly not to look at people like Joe Schmidt or a Vern Cotter.

You’ve got to talk to a guy like Joe, or whoever else they put in the hat, and see what their motivations are.

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