White wants England job but won’t be messed around

Jake White says he will just get on with coaching Montpellier

Montpellier coach Jake White says he would be interested in coaching England as they have the best resources and are what he considers to be a “sleeping giant”.

White has however warned that as he has been snubbed for the role twice in the past he will not be drawn into a long application process as he has done in the past.

The 2007 World Cup-winning has been considered by twice by the RFU, when Martin Johnson took control in 2008 and when Lancaster was handed the reins in 2012.

The 52-year-old South African says that he has not been contacted by the RFU this time and that his name being linked to the top job is just media hype.

“Everyone in world rugby knows this is one of the prime jobs, in fact even in world sports,” White told Sky Sports on Thursday.

“If the RFU thinks I am the man for the job and there wasn’t going to be any rigmarole of going through the whole process which I have before then I would be a contender.”

White also made it clear he had not received an approach from the RFU even though he was in London with Montpellier for a European Challenge Cup match at Harlequins.

“Nothing has happened, I haven’t got any calls or anything so I just need to get on with my job,” White said.

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