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The RFU’s mission to recruit a coach with international experience has suffered significant setbacks as a number of leading candidates ruled themselves out of the running for the job.

Eddie Jones, Wayne Smith and Graham Henry all insist they would not be interested in replacing Stuart Lancaster as England head coach.


Ian Ritchie, the RFU’s chief executive, had stated on Wednesday that he intended to scour the world for “a proven head coach with international experience” and insisted that the search would be without financial constraints.

During the press conference called to announce Stuart Lancaster’s departure, Ritchie issued a clarion call to the world’s top coaches by claiming: “The England post is one of the biggest jobs in world rugby and the support and resources we can put into it are significant. It is an attractive position.”

However, within hours, three of the leading contenders had already ruled themselves out of contention, indicating that finding a suitable replacement for Lancaster may prove more difficult than the RFU would hope.

Read more on the Telegraph.