Jake rules out England job

2012-03-09 10:41

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.

Asked 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."

Former 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."


  • Jim - 2012-03-09 11:10

    Thank god for that . He only won the 2007 WC due to a bum decision by a Southern Hemi. TMO.

      Penny - 2012-03-09 11:51

      The MIGHTY SPRINGBOKS were the best team in the world in 2007. Deal with it ...

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-09 12:59

      Jim ... I really did not know idiots of your caliber existed ... anywhere ... Thanks for straightening me out by your stupid comment ...

  • Saffa - 2012-03-09 11:37

    That is because it seems Nick Mallett has already accepted the job.

      Jim - 2012-03-09 11:44

      Hope your right, much better choice and he is English.

      Lionel - 2012-03-09 13:04

      Hey Saffa,think Mallet will involve Rassie???

  • Penny - 2012-03-09 11:44

    Good on you Jake. Show your detractors your character and integrity !!!

  • legndkilla - 2012-03-09 12:16

    who gives a damm??? he's decided to move on and his coaching has nothing to do with us any more,news 24, are u people running out of articles or whats the story?

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 12:52

      Uhm, I think it does. He is currently coaching a team all our franchises play against, and the article is about the fact that he might coach our arch rival, the stinking Poms. So, we give a damn.

      Chris - 2012-03-09 13:39

      @Pierre, true but wouldn't you love the chance to see 2 of rugby's greatest minds pitted against each other? Meyer vs White...

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 13:45

      Think Meyer would win hands down.

  • legndkilla - 2012-03-09 14:06

    people dont get me wrong .. yes he is a force to be reckoned with bt in the same breathe we have the skill, the talent and the support to beat anybody that we come up against.... with regards to the super 15, things that interest me is whats happening on the sa conference side of things ,what we are doing to constantly improve cos after all these are our future and current springboks .....

      bernard.ingram - 2012-03-09 19:35

      Huh, read your incomprehensible comment yourself and post it English

  • Gregory - 2012-03-09 16:00

    hahaha I love it when people believe the first bit of hype they hear and climb on the highest horse they can find. Jake has two world cup titles as coach (including the U21's) and is a legend, never doubted him for a second.

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