Jake rules out England job
Canberra - Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White
says he won't be applying to fill the England head coaching vacancy and
plans to remain with Super Rugby's Brumbies.
White, who led
South Africa to the 2007 Rugby World Cup title, said he was disappointed
by criticism in the media that he was prepared to leave Canberra in the
first year of a four-year contract.
"It's something I'd look at - it doesn't mean now, it doesn't mean leaving my job," White said.
directly if he was still interested in taking the job being filled on
an interim basis by Stuart Lancaster, the South African responded: "No,
no, no, no."
"I'm here for four years with the Brumbies. I've
signed on the bottom line and you've got to judge people by their
actions. Nothing's changed, I'm still committed to the Brumbies."
South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett and former Ireland and US coach Eddie O'Sullivan are considered to be the favorites for the
England job, along with Lancaster.
The English Rugby Football
Union's wish for someone with topflight experience could count against
Lancaster, who has been in charge for the first three Six Nations Tests.
England has a 2-1 record.
Martin Johnson, who was captain when
England won the World Cup in 2003, quit as coach in November, six weeks
before his contract was due to expire.
It followed England's
disappointing World Cup in New Zealand - along with some off-field
indiscretions -where the team was eliminated by France in the
quarterfinals, its worst performance in the tournament since 1999. my job."