Eddie Jones has ruled himself out of contention for the British & Irish Lions coaching job, saying he’s not suited to wearing a blazer for 12 months.
Deliberations are currently ongoing as to whom will lead the Lions on their next tour in 2025, when they will travel to Australia.
In terms of the potential candidates for the head coach role, Jones led the five-man race for the job ahead of Stuart Lancaster, Andy Farrell, Gregor Townsend and Warren Gatland.
But, as he has done in the past, Jones has yet again reinforced his stance against taking up that role with the Lions.
“Respectfully, no,” said Jones during a fans Q&A for the Telegraph.
“I am an Australian and I don’t really have any connection to the Lions as such. 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.”