Six Nations

Gatland not approached by England, yet to consider Lions

Warren Gatland says he did not receive an approach to become head coach of England and is yet to discuss leading the British and Irish Lions again in 2017.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) were reported to be weighing up a move for Gatland to succeed Stuart Lancaster, who left the post following England's pool stage exit from the Rugby World Cup.

England eventually appointed former Australia and Japan coach Eddie Jones and Gatland has said he did not receive any contact from the RFU.

Speaking after announcing his squad for the Six Nations on Tuesday, Wales coach Gatland said: "There was no approach from England.

"They're not till the fourth game of the tournament so I haven't thought about them. I won't think about England till after the first three games."

Gatland led the Lions to their first series win over Australia since 1989 in 2013.

And Lions chief executive John Feehan earlier this month described him as the front-runner to guide the team again in 2017, when they tour Gatland's home country of New Zealand.

However, the Wales coach said: "I haven't had any conversations with anyone. You read things in the media but the Lions takes care of itself.

"It's something I'll think about later down the line and the whole focus is on the Six Nations."