Sydney - Victorious England chief Eddie
Jones said on Monday he was "completely unavailable" to coach the
British and Irish Lions next year on their tour of New Zealand.
Fresh from the Six Nations champions
series-clinching 23-7 win over the Wallabies in Melbourne there have been
renewed calls for him to become the first Australian to take charge of the
But Jones, the first foreigner to coach
England, emphatically ruled out being at the helm against the All Blacks.
"I signed a four-year contract to make
England the best team in the world and I'm going to spend every minute I have
doing that," he told reporters after England secured an unbeatable 2-0
lead in the best-of-three series against Australia.
"If I took the Lions job I'd have to
spend anything from six to 12 months not doing that."
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian
Ritchie said he had advised the Lions' committee that Jones would be
concentrating on England.
"Eddie does not want to do it and we
want him to stay to coach England," Ritchie told reporters following the
"Both us of feel that, between now and
2019, Eddie's focus is on the World Cup and nothing will change that."
Jones said he believed England would be
represented by "at least" 15 players when the Lions select their
squad next year for a series that clashes with England's scheduled tour of
Argentina in June.
"I'd be hopeful of missing at least
15," he said. "If we can get 15 in the Lions squad we'll have had a
good Six Nations and good November Tests."
Jones added that he expected team changes
as England go after a 3-0 series clean-sweep against Australia in Sydney on
Saturday, with open side flank James Haskell struggling with a sore foot and
wing Jack Nowell undergoing concussion protocols.
"There'll be a few changes," he
"When I looked at the team on Saturday
there were some guys there with only 80 minutes in them. They've been up since
June last year and some are starting to show some signs of battle