Eddie Jones has ruled himself out of coaching the British & Irish Lions in 2025.
Despite being the early favourite to take he role, the England head coach – who will depart Twickenham in 2023 – has ruled himself out of contention of leading the tourists in Australia.
“Respectfully, no,” said Jones during a fans Q&A for The Telegraph.
“I am an Australian and I don’t really have any connection to the Lions as such. I think it’d be better for someone from the home countries to do it.
“I’m also not suited to wearing a blazer 12 months of the year. Someone like Gregor Townsend or Andy Farrell would be better for that job than me.”
Rugby Australia are reportedly eager to include Fiji and Tonga in the tour of Australia.
Such a move would be a significant for the British and Irish Lions, who have only played one test match against a Pacific Island nation in the team’s 133-year history.
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