Eddie Jones names two candidates who would be better suited to coach the Lions than him

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Eddie Jones has ruled himself out of coaching the British and Irish Lions in the future, saying Andy Farrell or Gregor Townsend would be better suited for the job.

Jones will finish up as England head coach after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and with no other jobs lined up as of yet, there was speculation that the Australian could take charge of the Lions on their tour to his home country in 2025.

Lions coaches usually have experience with one of the four nations involved, as seen with former Wales coaches Warren Gatland and Graham Henry, former Scotland coach Ian McGeechan and former England coach Clive Woodward.

Eddie Jones on who he feels should coach the Lions.

However, when answering Telegraph readers’ questions, Jones admitted that he had no intention to take charge of the Lions, and backed Ireland head coach Farrell and Scotland head coach Townsend to get the job instead.

“Respectfully, no. I am an Australian and I don’t really have any connection to the Lions as such,” Jones wrote.

“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.”

Candidates to take charge of the 2025 tour of Australia.

Farrell and Townsend are currently the two coaches most likely to take charge of the Lions on their 2025 tour of Australia, as both men already have experience with the touring side.

Townsend acted as the Lions’ attack coach on last year’s tour of South Africa, while Farrell acted as the side’s defence coach on the 2017 tour of New Zealand and on the 2013 tour of Australia.

Both Farrell and Townsend are contracted with Ireland and Scotland respectively until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which could put them very much in the frame for coaching the Lions in 2025, if neither decide to extend their current contracts.

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