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White keen on England role

World Cup-winning South African Jake White has revealed that the position of performance director with the Rugby Football Union appeals to him.

White is one of the names to have been linked with the newly-created role, with the successful applicant assuming responsibility for the national team from national to senior level. And although the 47-year-old has yet to have any sort of discussion with Twickenham chiefs, he is interested in doing so.

He told the Daily Mail: "I haven't had any contact from the RFU yet. I have made it clear that the performance director position would interest me, but I have to be clear about the job description. It sounds very nice in principle."

White`s finest hour in charge of the Springboks came when he guided them to World Cup glory against England in 2007.

That was the second successive final England had been to, having beaten Australia in 2003, and the potential of the game in this country is one of the things that excites White aboute the position.

He added: "That is the main reason I am putting my hand up for the job - because I can see that England have so much potential as a rugby country.

"Look at their World Cup record; they have played in six tournaments and reached the final three times.

"That sort of record is comparable with Brazil in football. There's no doubt that if the RFU get it right with all the best systems in place, England can be the No 1 rugby nation in the world, consistently."

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