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Cheika rules himself out of England head coach role

Australia boss Cheika rules himself out of contention to replace Lancaster as England coach

Cheika rules himself out of England head coach role

LONDON (AP) -- Australia coach Michael Cheika ruled himself out of contention for the vacant England position on Monday.

Former coach Stuart Lancaster left the post last week after England became the first host team to fail to make it out of the group stage at the Rugby World Cup.

Australia inflicted a heavy defeat on England on its way to winning their group and Cheika's team went all the way to the final, where it lost to New Zealand.

"No one from England has contacted me and they know that they can't contact me because I'm committed to Australia and that's where I want to be coaching," Cheika said, ahead of leading the Barbarians against Gloucester and Argentina.

England's governing body, the RFU, wants a coach of "proven international experience." Cheika has joined the New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, Joe Schmidt of Ireland and Wales boss Warren Gatland in distancing himself from the role.

"I'm an Australian coaching Australia, it's like the dream. There's nothing that would make me change my mind," Cheika said. "I never thought I'd be coaching Australia. I'm enjoying it and I want to do the best I can in this role for as long as I can.

"You want to make sure that you give everything when you have the opportunity. When the chance comes to coach Australia, you don't say no to that. I've enjoyed the first year of doing it, it's been fantastic."

Updated : 2021-09-29 07:48 GMT+08:00