White is now available for Wales

South Africa’s World Cup-winning coach Jake White appears unable to make up his mind as to which countries are in and out of the running to sign him up, now that he is no longer available to coach the Springboks.

Just days after his agent had told the world that White is not interested in coaching Wales or Australia, White told BBC Sport that he has not ruled out taking the vacant Welsh job.

White’s agent, Craig Livingstone, last Friday said the South African was not interested in replacing Gareth Jenkins as Welsh coach.

But speaking to BBC Wales’ Scrum V programme, White revealed that he hasn’t ruled out the WRU’s approach.

“There has been so much speculation and the last thing I would ever do is rule anything out,” said White.

“There has been talk that I’m going to Australia, England and Wales and what I have said from the beginning is that I don’t want to make a decision while things are so euphoric in my country,” he added.

“International rugby coaches want to coach international rugby and I am no different. You can’t be too fussy where you want to go.

“Wales have a great tradition and history and it is not a position that I would overrule at this stage.”

New Zealander Warren Gatland appears to be the front-runner to succeed Gareth Jenkins who was sacked after Wales’ defeat to Fiji.

But White is also on their short-list and is in high demand after leading South Africa to World Cup glory.

England seem to be favourites to land White, but Australia are also said to be keen. England however have never looked outside their borders for a Head coach and let’s not forget that England did make it to the World cup final with a coach that had been head coach for less than a year.

“It is a position most coaches would want to be in,” said White.

“Coaching is a volatile world and we are judged on our results and I guess I am in a position now that most coaches envy.”


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