Joe Schmidt plays down rumours of coaching the Lions in South Africa

Joe Schmidt rules out All Blacks job

The reported proposal is to reduce the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to essentially a qualifier for a global tournament that concludes with the crowning of a world champion every year.

On facing Ireland, Jones added: "Whether it's the biggest game of the tournament or not doesn't really matter because our job is the same - our job is to prepare well and be the best we can be". In Joe Schmidt and Jonathan Sexton, the Irish have the world's best coach and player of 2018.

Yesterday, he took a brief break from overseeing Ireland's training camp in the Algarve to attend the launch of this season's Guinness Six Nations in the luxurious surroundings of the Hurlingham Club, which sits on the banks of the Thames in Southwest London.

After leaving Auckland, Schmidt enjoyed success alongside Vern Cotter at Clermont and then proved his head coaching credentials with Leinster and, of course, Ireland.

"Sometimes I'm on the bus driving to the ground, on the way to the Aviva you go past this hotel just before you get to the ground", said Schmidt.

"I nearly feel like saying to the bus driver, "let me off so I can go and have a pint with these people", and have as much fun as they do".

"I think it keeps it fresh, it does keep it entertaining. It does make me think 'is he serious about that?'", he added. "He's a smart coach".

"We've got a couple of projects that are family-related that we want to work our way through". I'd like a direct dial myself.

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"Johnny doesn't have as much to say for us because he's not skipper". Ireland were blitzed by Argentina in the quarter finals of the 2015 tournament, so the pressure is now firmly on them and their coach to deliver next year.

But Jones, in a year that will culminate with the World Cup in Japan, had no truck with suggestions that England would benefit from lower expectations when travelling to Dublin's Lansdowne Road.

OWEN FARRELL is confident he will be fit for England's Six Nations opener with Ireland in Dublin. Ireland used an opening day win in Paris past year as the launch pad to the title.

The Saracens No 10, whose father Andy is Ireland's assistant coach, recently underwent surgery on a thumb injury that was described as minor.

"He will train fully on Thursday", he said.

There was controversy generated by what some observers - though crucially not the match officials - considered to be two "no-arms" tackles made by Farrell at key moments of the games against South Africa and Australia in November.

But Farrell, renowned for his physical commitment in defence, said: "My job is to tackle within the laws, never tried to do otherwise so that's what I'll be focusing on". "We are playing the last game against Scotland at Twickenham, after the men's match, and while it is great to play at the home of English rugby, we know that wherever we go, we will have fans coming out to support us".

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