Joe Schmidt admits he is cautious of spies ahead of the 2019 Six Nations
Joe Schmidt has come out saying he has reason to believe that teams have spied on there training sessions in the past, however it is not something he believes in nor condones as he loves the amateur values that remain in rugby.
“I’d have to say I’m not a believer in it,” Schmidt said.
“I don’t believe that’s it’s necessary and I’d like to think there’s still a sense of fair play. I love some of the amateur values that still exist in rugby.
I know it happens, I know it has happened to us a couple of times – but I don’t think you get distracted by it.
When you get the feedback, when it filters back, you’re disappointed but you kind of acknowledge, ‘OK, well, that’s their process, that’s their way of collecting information.
It was stumbled upon at the time – or one of the times. You just get on with it
I don’t think it’s a massive issue and I wouldn’t be adversely distracted by it, you’ve just got to shrug your shoulders and get on with your own preparation.
If you were paranoid about it you’d never actually train properly. You’d always be worried about somebody looking.”