Jake interested in England job

2012-03-08 07:25

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.


  • Grant - 2012-03-08 07:49

    Interesting ....this would leave Mallet up a creek without a paddle. Pity Stormers did not look at Mallet .

      Topsy - 2012-03-08 08:36


      Topsy - 2012-03-08 08:37

      makes me so proud that sa coaches are sought after world wide! like brazil in soccer

      Chris - 2012-03-08 19:35

      mallet up the creek with a paddle or canoe

  • Schalk - 2012-03-08 08:01

    By the looks at that scarf Mr Jake has truly spent many a hour in the company of Mr Montgomery.

      John - 2012-03-08 08:10

      Whats wrong with his scarf......its a south African scarf idiot.......

      Chris - 2012-03-08 08:40

      @Schalk, I'll give you a thumbs up. I thought that was pretty funny.

  • Jason - 2012-03-08 08:10

    I say good on him, in a professional sport, he would be mad not to accept an international post with the Host team of the next world cup!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 08:29

      Agree Jason. With the resources and financial backing the Poms have, it truly has to be one of the most sought after coaching gigs in town. The only issues the Poms have is club vs country (at times) and their 'management systems' within their RFU. I feel Mallet wouldn't last 2 weeks with all the red tape and hassles, Jake on the other hand would probably be fine.

  • Bootman - 2012-03-08 08:46

    The problem with Jake is that you can't believe what he says from one day to the next. In an article yesterday, he was reported to have said that he was committed to the Brumbies and would honour his four year contract he has with them. It appears that these days, a contract is not worth the paper it's written on.

  • Marius - 2012-03-08 10:15

    rugby has gone professional years ago, teams have become companies, players are now employees, and coaches have become the executives. bearing that in mind. if another company makes you a higher offer, with more money and better perks, would you stick to your current company based on loyalty?? i think not. so the same then applies to rugby.... i say good on Jake.

      Marcel - 2012-03-08 13:42

      agree but whenyou take on a project (like jake said its a building project to get the brumbies to the top again in 2-3 years time) then surely the ethical thing to do is to complete the project you signed on for. but I don't blame him this oppurtunity only come once in a life time.

  • Anneck - 2012-03-08 14:58

    Jake White as England coach with Clive Woodward as his assistant? Not a far fetched possibility...

      Rhyno - 2012-03-08 15:47

      You can't have two kings. One world cup winner, working under another? Coaching your own countrymen, while your boss is a foreigner won't fit with Woodward.

      Anneck - 2012-03-08 17:55

      @Rhyno I stand by what I say... The fact that Jake White and Clive Woodward are close friends, and don't forget the help he had from Eddie Jones as a technical advisor.

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