Eddie Jones has no contingency plan for replacing Paul Gustard

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Eddie Jones insists there is no contingency plan for replacing Paul Gustard after dismissing reports that England's defence coach may step down as "rumours".

Gustard has been interviewed for the role of head coach at Harlequins and is thought to be on a three-man shortlist that also features Shaun Edwards and Ben Ryan.

England depart for their tour to South Africa on June 2 and head coach Jones insists Gustard will be leaving with the squad.

"I don't have a contingency plan for staff, I don't have one for every staff member. If a situation arises then I'll deal with it," Jones said.

"I don't know anything to the contrary (Gustard travelling to South Africa). I don't deal in rumours. If I dealt in rumours I'd see shadows in the corner of every room.

"No I haven't spoken to Paul, why would I? I don't know mate, I don't deal in rumours."

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