Eddie Jones tipping Aaron Mauger for All Blacks coaching role

Aaron Mauger, the Leicester Tigers head coach. Photo / Getty
Aaron Mauger, the Leicester Tigers head coach. Photo / Getty

Eddie Jones is tipping former All Black Aaron Mauger to be involved in the next All Black coaching set up.

The England coach would love to have Mauger who has guided Leicester into this weekend's European Champions Cup semi finals, in his England set up.

But Jones has told the BBC he thinks Mauger will head back down under.

"He's a quality guy and a quality coach. I'm going to catch up with him next week. But I think he might be in line for the silver fern and I've heard a very strong rumor," the England coach said.

"New Zealand is smart. They know Steve Hansen could possibly continue and if he doesn't continue I'm sure they've got the next three coaches in line already. There's no doubt about it. That's why they're number one in the world.

"They allow their coaches to go overseas, get experience and then they bring them back.

You think Joe Schmidt is going to go anywhere else but New Zealand?"

Yesterday Richie McCaw was quoted in a English publication singing the praises of Schmidt, the current Ireland coach.

"Down the track a guy like that could come back and coach in New Zealand, maybe the All Blacks one day," McCaw told Sky Sports.

"He's the type of guy who'd be great. The experience he's picked up here would be invaluable."

Hansen, who coached the All Blacks to the World Cup title last year, has signed on with the All Blacks until the end of the 2017 Lions tour. In the past he has said he was '50-50' on whether he would re-sign until the next World Cup in Japan.

- Radio Sport

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