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Next England head coach: Cheika rules himself out of the running

  • Michael Cheika rules himself out of taking over England
  • Aussie wants to continue to live his ‘dream’ by coaching the Wallabies
  • Former Chief Stuart Lancaster stepped down last weekend following the men in whites poor Rugby World Cup campaign
  • Eddie Jones the current favourite for the role
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has ruled himself out of filling the vacant England head coach position following speculation that the Wallaby might be willing to take the role.

England became the first primary host of a Rugby World Cup to fail to progress beyond the group stages of the a tournament on home soil and as a result, following a review, coach Stuart Lancaster left the post by mutual consent last week.

“No-one has contacted me, and they know they can’t contact me because I’m committed to Australia,” Cheika said.

“I’m an Australian coaching Australia. It’s the dream. There is nothing that would change my mind.”

Cheika led the Wallabies to their first Rugby World Cup final since 2003 last month as they lost 34-17 to New Zealand at Twickenham.

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones, who led Japan at the latest installment of the RWC, is the current favourite while former Jake White, who won the Webb Ellis Cup with South Africa in 2007, isn’t far behind.