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Jake: No more England talk

2012-03-11 09:56

Canberra - South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White has said he wants to hear no more talk connecting him with the vacant England job.

White on Friday ruled himself out of contention for the England coaching position, a day after indicating he was considering it.

Now White, who led the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup in France, has declared the issue of his future with Australia's Brumbies Super Rugby franchise as "dead and buried."

"I just want to make sure we can finish it off once and for all," White told reporters after the Brumbies 24-23 win over South Africa's Central Cheetahs in Canberra on Saturday.

"This is the Brumbies. This is the Super Rugby competition.

"I don't want to hear anymore about where I'm going, how I'm feeling, how's my family - it's got nothing to do with anybody now.

"The sooner we focus on the (Brumbies) team and what they've been achieving under the radar, the better."

The Brumbies maintained their unbeaten record in just their second match under White after Christian Lealiifano kicked a penalty after the full-time siren against the Cheetahs.

White's decision is a blow to the Rugby Football Union, who are scouring the globe for a heavyweight coach capable of guiding England in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

AFP