Andy Farrell has rejected a move back to the English international set up, choosing instead to remain as Ireland’s defence coach, according to reports.
Paul Gustard stepped down from the role of England’s defence coach earlier this year to take charge at Harlequins and the Daily Mail are reporting that Farrell was their first choice replacement.
It is believed that the 43-year-old snubbed the move in favour of remaining with the IRFU after signing a contract extension in May that will see him through until 2020.
Farrell took up the role in 2016 after being dropped by the RFU and was a key part of the coaching set up when Ireland were crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions in March.
He also acted as the British & Irish Lions defence coach during their successful 2013 tour of Australia and in New Zealand last year.
It is now believed that former All-Blacks head coach, John Mitchell as been recruited for the English coaching job instead.