England coach Eddie Jones's new contract does not rule him out of training the British and Irish Lions in South Africa, says RFU chief Steve Brown.
The Australian signed an extension contract to stay at Twickenham until 2021 – when the next Lions tour.
But while he will still be committed to England at that time, Brown is open-minded.
"We certainly would not stop him from doing the Lions," Brown told BBC Sport.
"We are planning success, so we hope to get out of the successful World Cup, and it is likely that Eddie will be one of the most successful coaches in the world.
" We also have something to say to the respect, we are a quarter shareholder in the Lions, so it would be foolish of us not to consider that as an option, so it is definitely not excluded "
[1 9459008] Jones will remain in charge of England after the Cup from next year's World in Japan, and then he will be responsible for preparing a successor during the 2020-21 season.
And although the Lions 'recent coaches have taken a sabbatical, The gradual resignation of Jones' power Twickenham can present an opportunity.
"It is very far now and we will deal with it at that time," Brown added.
"But the important thing is that we are not excluding anything in this arrangement."
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Jones may be free to take charge of the Lions against the Springboks, but insists that his focus remains on the work of the hand of England.
"The only thing that worries me is winning the World Cup in 2019," he said. BBC Sport
"If you win the World Cup, things tend to follow that.
" [But] It would not be arrogant or presumptuous to think that [the Lions] was a possibility. "
Jones will be part of the selection panel to find his successor in 2021, and says that working together with the new man has" enormous potential to succeed. "
He also says that he is determined to give something that goes back to English rugby in the next three and a half years.
"I could do something disinterested here for English rugby."
"I am in debt to England for the opportunity I have, and this is a way of giving something back. "