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Ex-South Africa coach Jake White keen on England role

Published 06/10/2015

Jake White wants to coach England
Jake White wants to coach England

Former South Africa coach Jake White has declared his interest in taking over the England national team should they move on from Stuart Lancaster.

England's group-stage exit as World Cup hosts has raised questions over Lancaster's future.

White has been linked with the role on several previous occasions and the current Montpellier coach remains keen.

"England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history," he said, quoted in the Daily Mail.

"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."

White's comments about his previous brushes with the vacancy, though, may not influence the Rugby Football Union to view him favourably this time around.

The 52-year-old claimed he was only used to suggest that the RFU's preferred homegrown candidate on each occasion had beaten out an international alternative of high repute.

After England's failure on the global stage over the past three weeks, he insists it is time to take a different approach.

"When I was with the Boks, I was approached to put my name in for Rob Andrew's job," he said. "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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