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White to stick with Brumbies

Jake White has ruled himself out of the running to become the next England head coach.

White's employers at the ACT Brumbies confirmed on Thursday that he was interested in the England job after receiving an approach from the Rugby Football Union.

But South Africa's World Cup-winning coach has pledged his future to the Brumbies, where he is eight months into a four-year contract.

White posted on Twitter: "Always hard turning down a chance to win a world cup, but rugby is about making the right decisions and that's to stay with @BrumbiesRugby"

The RFU are hunting for a permanent successor to Martin Johnson to lead England into the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

White's emergence as a contender for the job came after RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie announced England would not limit their search to the list of candidates who had applied.

Friday's development would appear to leave the RFU with a straight choice between England's current interim coach Stuart Lancaster and Nick Mallett, who the RFU first approached about replacing Johnson in December.

Lancaster is expected to be interviewed for the post within the next two weeks and he has impressed Twickenham executives after picking up the reins in the wake of England's failed World Cup campaign in New Zealand.

Mallett would bring over a decade of international coaching experience to Twickenham, having led the Springboks on a record 17-game winning run and then past England into the 1999 World Cup semi-finals. The Hertfordshire-born South African won domestic titles with Stade Francais and spent the last four years in charge of Italy.

The RFU have said they ideally want to finalise an appointment before the end of the RBS 6 Nations, with the aim of having a new permanent coach in place to lead England on the three-Test June tour.

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