Schmidt indicated late last year that he will not renew his contract with the Irish Rugby Union after the global showpiece and Hansen also announced shortly afterwards that he will be stepping down from his role as the world champions’ coach after the tournament.
At the Six Nations launch in London on Wednesday, Schmidt reiterated his plan to take an indefinite break from rugby after Ireland’s World Cup campaign in Japan later this year.
And apart from ruling himself out of the All Blacks’ coaching job, Schmidt also said he is not interested in guiding the British and Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2021.
“Certainly not for 12 months and I’d say quite likely longer than that. We have a couple of family-related projects that we want to work our way through,” he said.
“I don’t spend a lot of time at home already so it’s probably high time I did.
“I wouldn’t be available [for the Lions] if asked at the moment.”
When asked later by the New Zealand Herald whether he had any interest in replacing Hansen, Schmidt replied: “Not really.”