England coach Eddie Jones appears to have ruled himself out of the job as head coach for the Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017. The Australian takes charge of the Red Rose in an effort to bring the 2003 World Cup champions back to the summit of the game.
Stuart Lancaster’s rein in charge of the side came to a disappointing end, as England failed to reach the last eight of their home World Cup.
The upcoming Six Nations championship is an opportunity for redemption, but also acts as an audition for the Lions head coach suitors.
However, Jones told BBC that he does not intend on leading the Lions to New Zealand.
“Not that I’m not interested in coaching the Lions but my commitment is to coach England.
“It would take time away from what I’m doing with England. We’ve got four years to get right for the World Cup [in 2019].
“As you know, England are eighth in the world, fourth in Europe. We’ve got to spend every day getting them right and to take time away from doing that wouldn’t be fair on the RFU or on the players.
“I’m not prepared to do that.”
There is much debate over who should get the job, with the obvious frontrunners being Joe Schmidt, Vern Cotter and Warren Gatland. Jones has little doubt on who he thinks should get the role.
“Warren did a fantastic job in the last tour and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t take them again,” said Jones.
“I think he would be a fantastic choice.”