New Zealand rugby player Dane Coles expressed his disappointment over Joe Schmidt coaching the Australian rugby team, after previously coaching New Zealand. Coles admitted that it was hard to see Schmidt leave the All Blacks and join their rivals. However, he also acknowledged Schmidt's coaching abilities and was glad to see him continue in that role. Coles emphasized the importance of Australia improving in international rugby and believed Schmidt could help strengthen the team. He credited Schmidt with playing a significant role in turning around New Zealand's performance and believed they wouldn't have reached the World Cup final without him. Coles described Schmidt as intense and passionate in his coaching style and felt that his presence had a positive impact on the team.