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Published: 08:12 | 19/3/19

Lancaster rules out Ireland role


Stuart Lancaster has ruled out joining Andy Farrell's Ireland coaching team after the Rugby World Cup.

Farrell was Lancaster's assistant coach when he was the head coach of England but they were relieved of their positions after failing to qualify for the knockout stages at the 2015 World Cup.

As Leo Cullen's assistant coach, Lancaster helped Leinster to the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO14 double last season, while Farrell has played a key role in Ireland's success in recent years and he will succeed Schmidt as head coach after the World Cup in Japan later this year.

Lancaster's contract with Leinster had been due to expire at the end of the season but he has signed an extension to remain with the province and has ruled out working with both the Blues and Ireland.

“I don’t see how I can be when I’m fully contracted to Leinster,” Lancaster is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent when asked whether he could do both.

“There were alternatives presented. Obviously I’ve got to follow those up. To be honest, I only ever really wanted to stay here.

“I speak to Andy all the time. I spoke to him during the Six Nations and we will catch up soon. But for me, the priority is to be a great club coach.

“I was firm in my mind that I wanted to stay here. I mean obviously Andy has got the challenge now of building his own coaching team. I’m sure he’ll build it over the course of the next four to six months.

“The reality is he needs it in place for January 2020. I’m sure he’ll do that but I’ve said consistently, I enjoy the day-to-day stuff here. I enjoy club coaching and I’m very lucky to be at a great club.”

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