Eddie Jones says 'absolutely no' to coaching Lions in All Blacks tour

England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo / Getty
England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo / Getty

England head coach Eddie Jones has again stated he has no interest in coaching the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand next year.

Jones has turned around England following their World Cup pool play exit last year, winning the Six Nations along with securing a series win over Australia on Saturday.

The Lions tour New Zealand in 2017 for the first time since the 2005 clean sweep and a coach has set to be named following the latest international fixtures.

Jones however says he wants to concentrate on England instead of taking the Lions job.
He will instead supervise England's development side on a tour of Argentina while the Lions attempt to win their first series over New Zealand since 1971.

"I am honoured to be thought of in that area but I have a massive commitment to England and the RFU and I can't afford to spend any time away from the team,' he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"While it might be nice to do it professionally my job is to make England the best in the world and I am going to do that 100 per cent.

"So unfortunately I am unavailable for the Lions. Absolutely no.

"We have improved the team but we want to keep on improving and we will not be happy until we get to number one in the world

"I can't ask for more but we want more. We want to be the best in the world."

- NZ Herald

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