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That came on March 15 with Schmidt not getting to work with his players again until the end of the domestic season with a summer tour to Argentina planned.
And the RBS 6 Nations winning head coach insists that fact is something that he has had to learn - keen to keep the momentum going right after the tournament.
"The windows in this international coaching are brief and I haven't adjusted to that yet," Schmidt told the New Zealand Herald.
"The RBS 6 Nations is a succession of finals, there is no room to experiment and no chance to give players an opportunity to run out unless someone is injured or not performing.
"It is a really challenging learning curve and I don't think I am too far along it yet."