Rugby World Cup 2011

White rules out Bok job

2011-10-11 10:06
Jake White (File)

Canberra - Brumbies coach Jake White says he wants to return to South Africa to guide the Springboks again - but not for at least another four years.

According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), with Springboks coach Peter de Villers expecting to be sacked following his team's Rugby World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of the Wallabies, speculation has risen that White could resume coaching the national team he led to the 2007 World Cup title.

But White was quick to squash it on Tuesday, saying he was committed to the Brumbies, having taken over at the Canberra-based Super Rugby franchise following their dismal 2011 season.

"I've got a contract here in Canberra, I'm enjoying putting the programme together with a great group of staff and players and I'm definitely not leaving," White said.

"As a proud South African it has always been my intention to one day return to my homeland and as an ambitious coach, leading the national team again is also something I would like to achieve in the future.

"I will not turn my back on South Africa but for at least the next four years I am 100 percent committed to leading the Brumbies and returning Super Rugby success to the people of Canberra."

Currently in New Zealand, White will return to Canberra after the World Cup to prepare for Brumbies preseason training, which starts on October 24.

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