England boss Eddie Jones insists he is not interested in leading the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2017.

Jones plays down Lions link

Jones plays down Lions link

The Australian is being linked with the role as he looks to guide England to a Six Nations Grand Slam this weekend.

England can secure the title if they beat France in Paris on Saturday night, with recent reports suggesting that Jones could add the Lions role to his current duties.

The Lions are set to make their decision in September but Jones insists that Warren Gatland should still be the man to lead them next year.

"I'm not interested and the only reason that I'm not interested is because I've come here to coach England," Jones said. "For me to make England the strongest team in the world, I've got four years and I've got to spend every minute that I can on that.

"I'll need some time to wind down as well and to recharge my batteries and I don't think that it is of any benefit to England for me to coach the Lions. The only reason I would even contemplate making myself available for the Lions would be for a selfish reason, and I'm not prepared to do that.

"If you look at European rugby over the last period of time, then Warren is by far the most accomplished coach. And I think after the last Lions tour he deserves it. I find it difficult to understand why there's a debate over it."