Warren Gatland has dominated out taking up from Eddie Jones as England head coach after it was confirmed he’ll lead the British and Irish Lions for a 3rd time.
As anticipated, Gatland was formally revealed because the Lions coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa, having guided them to a profitable 2013 sequence in Australia and an exciting drawn sequence in New Zealand 4 years later.
The 55-year-old will step down from his position as Wales head coach after this yr’s World Cup in Japan however he won’t succeed Jones when he leaves the England position in 2021.
Jones had beforehand laughed off the notion of teaching the Lions by claiming “the last thing I want to do is spend eight weeks in a blazer” and in distancing himself from an England position, Gatland referenced the Australian’s feedback.
“I can tell you definitively now I will not be coaching England, there is no way I will be coaching England unless I put a blazer on or something!” mentioned Gatland.
“In the meanwhile I am speaking to a few folks about what I am going to do publish the Lions however there may be nothing I have checked out signing or something formal in the meanwhile.
“My entire focus in the meanwhile is about this position and planning and making ready Wales for the World Cup.
“After immediately I most likely will not take into consideration this for the following six months by way of doing the very best job for Wales and possibly begin fascinated with what my different choices are and what I am going to do.
“I suppose my teaching path’s going to take a distinct course. I’d like to return to New Zealand hopefully if there’s a chance in Tremendous Rugby.”
The longest-serving Take a look at boss additionally insisted main the Lions has been his hardest problem in rugby, revealing his shock at Jones’ feedback about teaching the touring aspect.
“I do not know the way you would coach a Lions workforce in a blazer,” he added. “I was bemused by that. It is without doubt one of the hardest issues that I’ve ever needed to do as a coach.
“Seeing how exhausting these different coaches labored on the final tour, with guys down within the workforce room at seven, eight within the morning till 9, 10 at night time, planning and making ready in addition to teaching two groups twice a day, preparing for matches – it’s the hardest factor.
“Whether or not that was a delicate approach for him to rule himself out of competition or not, I do not know.”