Rugby

Jake interested in England job

2012-03-08 07:25
Jake White (File)

Sydney - South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White has been approached for the England job and is interested in taking on the role, his team the Brumbies said on Thursday.

White, the head coach of the Brumbies, has been linked to the England position, currently filled by Stuart Lancaster on a caretaker basis following Martin Johnson's post-World Cup resignation.

Brumbies' chief executive Andrew Fagan issued a statement saying that White had been approached by England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) and had declared an interest, but that he would not be going anywhere at least for this year.

"Despite speculation that Jake has already been interviewed and offered the position, he has assured Brumbies Rugby that is not the case," Fagan said.

"Jake has also provided assurances that regardless of the eventual decision made by the RFU, he will remain in Canberra with the Brumbies for the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season."

Fagan praised White's work with the Brumbies in the eight months he has been in Canberra and said he was aware of the possibilities the job of England head coach would present, looking ahead to the next World Cup in England in 2015.

"Obviously, this is a terrific opportunity for Jake White, and one which reflects his status as one of the world's leading coaches," Fagan said.

"It also speaks volumes about the quality of the rugby programme that Jake is putting in place here at the Brumbies that he should be sounded out for this role.

"That said, Jake is in the first of a four-year contract with the Brumbies, and there are many details that would need to be worked through should he be successful with his application."

Fagan said late last year when speculation first linked White with the England job that there was no clause in White's Brumbies' contract that allowed him to seek a release for an international position.

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