No contact with RFU over England job - Jones


Eddie Jones said he has not been contacted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) over the England head coach vacancy when he was unveiled as Stormers coach on Thursday.

The 55-year-old stated last month that he would be prepared to talk to the RFU if Stuart Lancaster's reign came to end following England's failure at the Rugby World Cup.

Lancaster left his role by mutual consent on Wednesday and Jones has again been mentioned as a possible replacement, having almost guided Japan into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

The RFU want a head coach with international experience and chief executive Ian Ritchie said no expense will be spared when recruiting a successor to Lancaster.

But former Australia coach Jones is focused on his new role with Stormers rather than taking another international job.

"There has been no contact and I am committed to the Stormers. I woke up this morning and looked at Table Mountain... I'm very happy to be here," he said.

"Western Province is one of the oldest and most prestigious unions in the world, with 125 years of history at this ground. It's a fantastic city and the opportunity to coach the Stormers is wonderful."

Montpellier coach Jake White, who led South Africa to World Cup glory in 2007, said on Wednesday that he would be interested in replacing Lancaster.