Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been named as an independent selector with his native New Zealand.

Schmidt stepped away from Ireland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where his side were well beaten by the All Blacks in the quarter-finals.

Although it was a disappointing end to his tenure, Schmidt left with an impressive CV having steered Ireland to three Six Nations titles and the 2018 Grand Slam.

He's since worked as the director of rugby and high performance for World Rugby, while last month he took on a part-time coaching role with Super Rugby side the Blues.

Schmidt is now set to replace Grant Fox as the All Blacks' independent selector. Fox will step down following next July's back-to-back Tests against Fiji after a decade in the position, firstly under former head coach Steve Hansen and then alongside Ian Foster and fellow selector John Plumtree.

"Joe will bring a wealth of New Zealand and international experience into the role, so we are delighted to have him join us," said Foster.

"He will work closely with me and 'Plums' on selections but his insights will be valuable in other areas as well, so we look forward to having him join us."

Schmidt's first All Blacks task will be to help select the squad for the 2022 Rugby Championship.