Jake White not interested in coaching Ireland now

Former Springbok coach Jake White has turned down an approach by the Irish Rugby Union as he says he is focused on leading the Brumbies in their Super Rugby campaign.

White has confirmed that he was approached by the IRFU but said that he had declined the chance to be interviewed and told them he is not available.

Reports have also emerged Reds boss Ewen McKenzie had been interviewed on Thursday for the vacant Ireland coaching job.

“I’m not available (for the Ireland job), I’ve made it quite clear that I’ve got a Brumbies contract and I’m here with a job to do,” White told RugbyHeaven.

“I’m happy here, I’m coaching boys in Australia and I’m enjoying that.

“I’m really not in the market for every coaching job that pops up, I’m focusing on the Brumbies and making them better and in turn making Australian rugby better which is one of my briefs as a Super 15 coach in Australia.”

White coach South Africa to victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup but spent almost four years without a permanent position until he was signed by the Brumbies who he has turned into title contenders.

White has also been spoken about as a potential replacement for current Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

White has made it clear that one day he wants to return to coaching on the international stage but says he is committed to the Brumbies who he has signed a four year deal with.

“Yes I want to get back to international rugby, but I’m here for four years and I don’t want it to be a distraction every time something comes up,” White said last month.

“It’s only fair to the players and I’d hate for it to be a distraction for the team.”

Aside from White and McKenzie it is understood that Leinster coach Joe Schmidt is also in contention for the Ireland job.

McKenzie and White are considered the leading contenders for the Wallabies job if the ARU don’t renew Robbie Deans’ at the end of the year.

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