Friday 19 April 2019

'The last thing I want to do is spend eight weeks in a blazer' - Eddie Jones dismisses Lions role as 'ambassador job'

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones

Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones has dismissed the role of Lions head coach as an "ambassador job" while refusing to rule out the possibility of succeeding Michael Cheika as Australia boss.

Jones insists he has no interest in leading the elite of British and Irish rugby to South Africa in 2021, in the process taking a dig at Warren Gatland who was in charge of the previous two tours.

Gatland recently masterminded his third Grand Slam with Wales and is favourite to continue in the post.

"The last thing I want to do is spend eight weeks in a blazer," Jones told the Brisbane Courier Mail.

"That's an ambassador job. I'm a coach. I'd rather coach the Queensland Sheffield Shield (cricket) team."

Gatland is also favourite to replace Jones after this autumn's World Cup when his reign as Wales boss ends.

Beyond Japan 2019, Jones' future is clouded in doubt despite a contract extension lasting until 2021 that is dependent on performance at the global showpiece.

And the Australian has done nothing to clarify his position by keeping the door ajar to reprising a role he performed from 2001-05 when the World Cup is over.

"I don't think I would ever say 'never', but it's not something I have really thought about,' Jones said.

"One thing Australia are not short of is talent. Cheika is in a good position. This could be his last hurrah and he's got nothing to lose."

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