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Edinburgh's Cockerill plays down talk he could succeed Jones as England coach

Cockerill is one of a number of English coaches to have caught the eye of the Rugby Football Union. Credit: PA

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has played down talk he could be in the running to one day succeed Eddie Jones as England coach.

Cockerill is one of a number of English coaches to have caught the eye of Rugby Football Union interim chief executive Nigel Melville.

His Edinburgh side currently sit top of Champions Cup Pool Five following a bonus-point win against Newcastle on Friday and Melville is impressed by the job he has done north of the border.

Melville told the Daily Telegraph: "Cockerill has done an amazing job in Edinburgh, did you think he'd do a really good job up there?

"I questioned whether he would but actually he's done a really good job."

But speaking to Matt Dawson's Rugby Show on BBC Radio Five Live, Cockerill dismissed any link to the national team.

Cockerill said: "I am not sure that is a conversation the union will be having with me anytime soon.

"It is a really hard one. Guys have come out in the last few days and said they are probably not interested.

"It is such a high-pressure job and it is almost sometimes a hiding to nothing.

"When you are in a really good DOR (director of rugby) job at your club and enjoying it, I am not sure for some guys it is that tempting to leave the day-in, day-out work of club rugby, which is great fun."

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter and Saracens counterpart Mark McCall have also revealed they are not interested in the job at present.