Ledesma hopes to get the better of his good friend Schmidt
Argentina boss Mario Ledesma was shocked to learn Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt had developed a “ruthless” streak to his coaching.
Former Pumas hooker Ledesma will lead Argentina against Schmidt’s Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, and has recalled working under the taskmaster Kiwi at Clermont Auvergne.
Ledesma insisted Schmidt never adopted the kind of demanding approach as attack coach at Clermont like he has underpinned his successful reign with Ireland.
The 45-year-old Argentina boss enjoyed meeting up with Schmidt on Wednesday, with the pair catching up but also trading coaching ideas.
“When I heard he was really ruthless as a head coach I was surprised because he wasn’t like that as an attack coach. But well, there you go.
“We had a beer yesterday, it was really good to see him. I haven’t really had chance to see him since we were at Clermont.
“I’ve been all over the place in my coaching – and he’s been winning, everywhere. He’s the same and that’s the good thing about him.
“He’s done a great job. So it was really good to meet him and pick his brain a little bit. Obviously not about the way they play or prepare, but about the feedback and how he plans the week or the season.
“It’s really interesting, as a young head coach you try to get whatever you can get from successful coaches like Joe.”