Jake White talks to England

South Africa’s World Cup-winning coach Jake White has held talks with England and is looking at taking up a job in the English coaching structures, according to his agent.

White led the Springboks to glory in Paris last month and though Brian Ashton defied the odds to guide England to the Final, his position has been subject to speculation recently.

White’s agent Craig Livingstone told the Sunday Times: “They [England] have been in touch.

“England are busy with the [post-World Cup] review process and then they will make a decision.

“We have expressed an interest and so have they. We’ve been talking to Rob Andrew [Rugby Football Union director of elite rugby].”

Livingstone has also been in contact with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on a possible job for White, but he has since said that the Bok coach – who will quit after South Africa’s two-match year-end tour to Wales and England later this month – is not interested in either the Wallaby or Welsh jobs.

Speaking after England’s World Cup campaign in France, Andrew said it would take time before decisions were taken on issues like whether coach Brian Ashton would get a new contract.


“We want to spend the next few weeks reflecting, reviewing and then making sure we move forward in terms of the planning for the next World Cup,” Andrew said.


“Unfortunately, that didn’t happen after the last World Cup and for two or three years English rugby got itself into a real mess.”


White will leave his current job at the end of the year but will still coach the Springboks for two matches with the first being against Wales and his last match will be against the Barbarians at Twickenham where White will surely be able to have further talks with the RFU.  



* Meanwhile Jonathan Stones, the Managing Direct of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd (the commercial arm of the South African Rugby Union – SARU), remains hopeful that White will not be completely lost to South African.

Stones has always maintained that White’s services in any capacity needed to be retained at all costs, The SA Rugby MD has once again made a public appeal to capitalise on what White had to offer to South African rugby.

“South African rugby doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to holding on to our coaches and making use of their skills. I’d love to utilise his [White’s] skills,” Stones told The Star.

Stones explained that a Director of Rugby position could be vacant in the not too distant future, and that he hoped White would be the man to fill the post.

“I put forward the idea over six months ago and I’ve heard the idea is starting to emerge as a real theme in discussions,” said Stones.

White’s decision not to apply for either the Australian or Welsh coaching jobs, that have been left vacant by both John Connolly and Gareth Jenkins respectively, might just buy Stones enough time to convince White to take up the offer.

White’s agent, Craig Livingstone’s confirmation on Thursday that White would be willing to consider the post has added to speculation that White might opt for the English job.

“Once he’s had some time off he’ll assess various consistency opportunities and I’m sure he’d consider a position of director of coaching if it came up,” said Livingstone.


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