Jake White wants England coaching job

Jake White wants to coach England

In a move that will surprise few former South Africa coach Jake has declared his interest in replacing England head coach Stuart Lancaster should he be let go by the RFU.

White has put his hand up for the England job almost every time there has been talk of a vacancy in the England set up and was even once rumoured to be in talks with the RFU while he was still in charge of South Africa.

The South African won the Rugby World cup in 2007 with the Springboks and had Eddie Jones as his assistant.

White took a four year coaching deal with the Brumbies in Super Rugby but when he was overlooked for a promotion to the Wallabies job after Robbie Deans departed he left the Brumbies and moved to the Sharks.

White then moved on after less than a year with the Sharks in Durban and is now the current Montpellier coach but he has alway said that he wants to coach England.

“England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history,” said White.

“If they were genuinely interested and they approached me, of course I would be interested. It’s one of the biggest jobs in world sport and you’d be crazy not to consider it.”

Fifty-two-year-old White said that he was approached by the RFU in the past but in his eyes they used him to get credibility to their decision to appoint a homegrown coach.

“When I was with the Boks I was approached to put my name in for Rob Andrew’s job,” White is also quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

“Then they contacted me before appointing Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster. All three times, they’ve gone for English people. Generally it’s used as a means to make the other candidates look like they have a bit of credence.”

“The last three World Cups must send a message: if you go for a coach who’s never coached international rugby, it’s going to be same old, same old. ”

“They’ve tried it with Andy Robinson, Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster. They have one of the biggest budgets in the world but their coaches only have a few years’ experience.”

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