Stuart Lancaster has ruled himself out of contention for a role in Andy Farrell’s new-look Ireland coaching set-up after the World Cup.

With Joe Schmidt set to depart at the end of the year, there had been some suggestions the IRFU would look to draft Cumbrian Lancaster in as attack coach but, having signed a new two-year deal with Leinster last week, the former England boss will remain with Leinster for the foreseeable future.

While the length of Culgaith man Lancaster’s new deal as senior coach was not disclosed in last Thursday’s announcement, the 49-year-old confirmed he has agreed terms to remain at the club until 2021.

“It was pretty easy, really. I think I’ve said from the outset, I’m very lucky to have the opportunity, after coaching England, to come to such a top club,” he said on his decision to stay.

“[Leinster are] currently European champions and you have a whole raft of talented players who you are coaching on a day-to-day basis, with not only Ireland players, but aspiring Ireland players and players who want to play at the highest level – talented, young, players coming through.

"Day in, day out, I’m coaching, I’ve got the remit of looking after attack and defence. So, from a coaching point of view, it’s a brilliant environment to be in.

“The big consideration, obviously, for all these things are your family as much as anything else and it’s worked well. The commute [from his family home in England to Dublin] has been a challenge, but it’s been do-able.

"My wife and kids are happy in that they can come across whenever they want, and I can go and see them.

“So, it was quite an easy decision to make, really, with Leo [Cullen, head coach] staying as well. It means that we can continue to work together and, hopefully, build on what we have achieved so far.”

Lancaster also confirmed he turned down several offers from elsewhere.

“It was firmly in my mind that I wanted to stay here, really,” Penrith-born Lancaster added at a press conference.

“Obviously, Andy has the challenge now of building his own coaching team. I’ve not seen him since the Six Nations started and I imagine he is flat-out now, dealing with the Six Nations.

“I’m sure he will build his coaching team over the course of the next 4-6 months. The reality is he needs it in place for January 2020 – he has the World Cup to come and go – so I’m sure he’ll do that.

“But I think I’ve said consistently, I enjoy the day-to-day stuff, I enjoy club coaching and I’m very lucky to be at a great club.”