Eddie Jones rules out return to Australia

England head coach Eddie Jones insists that he is happy in Europe. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

England coach Eddie Jones has ruled himself out of replacing Australia boss Michael Cheika after the Rugby World Cup.

Jones, who guided the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final before his acrimonious departure two years later, is reported to be on Rugby Australia's (RA) short-list of candidates.

Cheika has said he would quit if Australia failed to win the World Cup in Japan.

"I am happy in Europe," Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The Wallabies need a generational change in culture."

Australia, ranked No. 6 in the world, suffered their worst season in decades winning only four of 13 Test matches in 2018.

Jones is contracted to England until 2021 but his deal features a break clause if the team flops in Japan.

Jones' comments come two weeks after New Zealander Dave Rennie said he was unlikely to take over the Australia job while contracted to Glasgow Warriors until 2020.

New Zealander Warren Gatland, the Wales and British & Irish Lions coach, has also been reported to be on RA's short-list.

Gatland is leaving Wales after the World Cup and has also been linked with taking over at defending champions New Zealand once Steve Hansen leaves the role after Japan.