Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach

• Mallinder will take charge of England against the Barbarians
• Head coach Eddie Jones has a break clause in his contract

Jim Mallinder has moved to distance himself from the England head coach role after speculation that he could be a candidate if Eddie Jones leaves after the World Cup.

Mallinder, who is currently employed as a pathway coach by the Rugby Football Union, will take charge of an inexperienced England team against a star-studded Barbarians side at Twickenham on Sunday, fuelling suggestions he is in the frame if Jones departs.

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