By Brendan O’Brien, Cardiff
Joe Schmidt has today distanced himself from reports linking him to the job of England head coach.
Media in the UK have, predictably, begun to mention the Ireland head coach as a possible replacement for Stuart Lancaster who is heavily-tipped to lose his job with the RFU, having failed to guide the World Cup hosts beyond the pool stages.
Video by Dan Linehan.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has also been mentioned in relation to the role, but he has played that down, cheekily insisting that the English union could not afford his services.
Speaking at the team announcement for Ireland’s quarter-final meeting with Argentina in Cardiff on Sunday, Schmidt was also reluctant to discuss Lancaster's future.
“I don’t know where that has come from at all,” he said.
“Externally, I would be a fan of Stuart Lancaster as a person and what he is trying to build there.
“If we had lost (to France) last weekend it could be someone else propositioned for this job. Stuart is a first-class character.
“I enjoy chatting with him before and after matches and I certainly am not going after his job.”
Simon Lewis, Rugby Correspondent with the Irish Examiner speaking to Shaun Cronin, Head Sports Reporter, breakingnews.ie after Joe Schmidt named his Irish team to play Argentina on Sunday. Video by Dan Linehan