Fans tip Jake for Wallaby job

2013-03-14 11:52
Jake White (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers are predicting Jake White will coach the Wallabies following his incredible success with the Brumbies.

White has one of the most prestigious coaching track records in world rugby, having coached the Baby Boks side to victory in the Junior World Championship in 2002, and leading the Springbok side to victory in the 2004 Tri-Nations and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

When White was appointed as Springbok coach in 2004, his many detractors pointed out his lack of Super Rugby coaching experience as a gaping hole in his rugby résumé.

GALLERY: Brumbies in training

However, White has since silenced his critics, completing his coaching curriculum vitae by resurrecting the Brumbies after they had suffered their worst ever season in Super Rugby in 2011, finishing 13th. White's team narrowly missed the playoffs in 2012 and in 2013 he has turned them into serious title contenders.

The Brumbies currently top the Super Rugby log and are six points clear of their nearest rivals, the Reds, in the Australian Conference.

White has, in the past, said that if he was approached for the position of Wallaby coach, it would be very hard for him to refuse.

The current Wallaby coach, Robbie Deans, has had a rocky road during his time at the helm of the Australian rugby team and pundits have backed the Australian Rugby Union to fire the embattled coach if he is unsuccessful during the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.

If Deans is sacked, White would be a leading candidate for the position, with Reds coach Ewen McKenzie also a strong contender.

Here's what Sport24 readers had to say about White:

"Future Wallaby coach...on merit..."
- Johnny Johnson

"Have a feeling Aussie public are gatvol of overseas coaches. Mickey A and Deans not exactly setting the world alight. But on merit? Yes."
- Jako van der Merwe

"SARU screwed up not reappointing him instead of Snor. I believe we would have won the world cup if he was still around." - Nigel Vos

"I say let's judge the Brumbies after playing the Sharks and Stompies. But I agree Jake has turned them around." - Craven Luyt

"He was dumped by SA, and we soon could be facing him as a head coach somewhere, the great thing about him, he gets the best technical guys to assist, and he will always acknowledge it."
- rory.n.price

"Seriously, Jake White knows what he's doing and the Brumbies are a force to be reckoned with since he took over."
- Jeremy Thorpe

"Jake White will coach the Aussies within the next two years and he will become the first coach to win two world cups with different countries." - Ronnie du Plessis

"Jake must become our next Springbok coach."
- belnick

"How the hell did we let Jake go to the Aus? He is gonna be the next Aus Coach and they will win the WC." - Mike Suter

"Deans won't last much longer, and the Aussies are really impressed with Jake. He'll take over from Deans before next year's Rugby Championship." - Chrisin Oz

"Jake will be the new Oz coach after completing his contract with the Brumbies. He will be the first coach/manager to win the WC with two different international teams."
- Phil Metter

Has Jake White got the Midas touch? (Gallo Images)

Would you like to see Jake White as coach of the Wallabies, or should he be coaching the Springboks? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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