Shaun Edwards insisted that he would be focussing on France over a possible chance of being in the coaching panel of British and Irish Lions.
“The French Federation have shown a lot of belief in me,” said Edwards.
“They gave me a four-and-a-half year deal. When I signed the contract, I pretty much knew that the Lions would be off the radar.
“I know from personal experience that the Lions has the highest profile of all.
“Not only do you have the support of three million people in Wales, you have the whole backing of England, Ireland Scotland as well.
“Being in France makes it different. They probably don’t understand how prestigious it is to be selected for the Lions, but that’s beside the point. I’m not expecting a phone call.”
This is the pack with the best defensive stats from the 2021 Six Nations to go toe-to-toe with the Springboks.
1. Wyn Jones (Wales), 2. Ken Owens (Wales), 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)