Gatland dismisses England link

Date published: November 15 2015

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has distanced himself from taking over as England's next head coach.

Gatland is reportedly a target for the RFU as they begin their search to replace Stuart Lancaster, with buying Gatland out of his contract a possible option.

However the British and Irish Lions boss, currently in New Zealand, stating: "I am not interested in the England job."

Gatland was the architect of Wales' key World Cup pool stage win over England as the hosts crashed out.

Other names to have ruled themselves out include Graham Henry, Wayne Smith and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt. 

Despite Gatland publicly ruling himself out the former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, who enjoyed a successful partnership with Gatland at Wasps, believes he is the best man for the job.

Dallagio wrote in his Sunday Times column: "I keep coming back to Gatland. I'm biased because I worked under him at Wasps, but those were years of success when we were back at the top of the English and European rugby.

"Although he is a Kiwi, his respect and understanding of the English game is immense.

"Wasps were a big club under-performing when he took over in 2001. The same was true of Wales when he was appointed coach six years after and he worked wonders.

"It is painfully apparent that England need a similar fix."