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Conor O’Shea and Mark McCall will snub any Ireland advances

Leading contenders to fill the void left by Declan Kidney with Ireland Conor O’Shea and Mark McCall have both ruled themselves out of the running.

O’Shea and McCall are viewed as the leading homegrown candidates to replace Kidney after the IRFU decided against renewing his contract in the summer.

Speaking ahead of their weekend clash with Munster in the Heineken Cup, Harlequins boss O’Shea reaffirmed his commitment to the London club.

“I am contracted to Harlequins until the end of the 2013-14 season. I will be honouring that commitment and, hopefully, continuing beyond it. Of course with the fixtures this weekend there are lots of questions but I’ve made my position very clear,” he told the London Evening Standard.

Former Ulster coach and current Saracens boss Mark McCall is also looking like an unlikely successor after Sarries chief executive Edward Griffiths said they won’t be parting company with the former Irish international.

“It is completely understandable that when jobs like this come up that Mark’s name is mentioned because he is one of the most successful coaches in Europe,” he said.

“However, just like the rest of our coaching staff, Mark recently signed a two-year extension and he remains totally committed to what we are doing at the club. We have not had any contact from the Irish RFU and our sole focus is the game with Ulster on Saturday.”

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