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Eddie Jones: Lions Head Coach Is An “Ambassador Job”

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Eddie Jones has dismissed the role of head coach of the British & Irish Lions as an “ambassador job” in a subtle dig at Warren Gatland.

Speaking to the Brisbane Courier Mail, the England head coach also refused to rule out the possibility of succeeding Michael Cheika as the Australian boss.

Current Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, has guided the British & Irish Lions through two tours, in Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017. The 55-year-old is in contention to lead the tour in two years time.

Rugby AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach looks on during the Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on July 8, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Jones was also in the mix for South Africa tour but he has firmly ruled himself out of contention.

“The last thing I want to do is spend eight weeks in a blazer.

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

Gatland will step down from his role with Wales following this year’s World Cup in Japan after 12 years in charge and has been named as a possible replacement for Michael Cheika.

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Jones’ contract with England expires in 2021 and he doesn’t rule out the possibility of returning to his native country whom he coached from 2001 to 2005, leading them to a World Cup final in 2003.

“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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