Joe Schmidt has left the door open to a coaching role with the British and Irish Lions in 2021.
Schmidt has revealed he intends to take at least a 12-month break when he steps down from his role as Ireland head coach after this autumn's World Cup.
The 53-year-old Kiwi is set on retiring from coaching after the global contest in Japan, but has refused to rule out completely a return to top-level rugby at some point.
Asked if he would like to coach the Lions in 2021, Schmidt replied: "I wouldn't be available if asked at the moment.
"I said to my wife that we'd get these 12 months done and she said 'yeah, look, you'll last 12 days, potentially, without needing to do something'.
"And I wouldn't say that I'm looking to do any coaching so it's not something that's at the forefront of my mind.
"I think one of the things I decided in probably a conversation with myself, for want of a better word, is that whatever does happen after that, I want to make sure these next 10 months are as good as I can help the players be and put as much effort into that.
"And so I think that's where your energies go.
"I've had an incredibly planned life for so many years so I'm looking forward to having 12 months where I can just invest that energy in one direction and also not have a daily itinerary or a weekly plan."
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