Warren Gatland insists England have not approached him about replacing Eddie Jones

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Wales boss Warren Gatland says he has received a number of approaches about a possible post-World Cup job, but insists England have not contacted him.

The New Zealander says that he has not spoken to England, who have been linked with recruiting him as Eddie Jones’ potential long-term successor.

Gatland will step down as Wales head coach after the World Cup in Japan later this year, ending a reign which has included three Six Nations Grand Slams.

Asked about his future, Gatland said: “I’ve had quite a number of approaches from different places.

“It’s a matter of making the right decision at the right time. But my whole focus is about the next six or seven months and Wales and the World Cup.

“I am not too worried about whether I have a job or not for a while. I’m a great believer in what will be will be.

“I haven’t spoken to England at all.

“I think they were quite clear in what they were doing in terms of not making any appointments or talking to anyone until post-Rugby World Cup.”

Gatland is also a firm favourite to coach the 2021 British and Irish Lions in South Africa – it would be his third successive tour as Lions boss if appointed.

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But after naming a 42-man Wales World Cup training squad on Tuesday, he added: “This is not about the Lions, this is about Wales. I’m not going to speak about that."

Gatland added: “We are in a different place at the moment. In 2015, we were looking at building depth. We feel like we’ve got a lot of depth at the moment.

“We have 18 players with World Cup experience in the squad, so it’s a matter of planning what we are going to do. It might not be so much of mix and matching in the warm-up games.

“If I look at the World Cup, we’ll probably go fully-loaded against Georgia, Australia and Fiji, and potentially make changes for Uruguay.

“We may need to replicate that in the warm-up games (Wales play England and Ireland home and away). So it might not involve making too many changes and mean some players might not get the same opportunities.”

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