Jones tips White for Australia

Date published: October 15 2014

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Eddie Jones has backed Jake White to take over as Australia coach for the World Cup if the Wallabies continue to underperform.

Eddie Jones has backed Jake White to take over as Australia coach for the World Cup if the Wallabies continue to underperform.

Jones and White worked together during the latter’s tenure as South Africa coach, combining to lead the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007.

White has since spent time with the Brumbies and the Sharks, but after leaving the Durban outfit last month, he has been linked to a number of coaching jobs.

With Ewen McKenzie under pressure as a result of the latest crisis in Australian rugby, Jones believes White could be the man to turn things around, with Waratahs boss Michael Cheika potentially stepping in after 2015.

“If they play well on the weekend then he [McKenzie] should go through to the World Cup,” said Jones, who coached Australia for four years, told Rugby365.

“But if the rabble continues, they’ve really got to look at getting someone in for a short period of time until the World Cup, and one of the blokes who could definitely do it, would be Jake.

“It’s not a long-term approach, but it could work, and then groom Cheika to take over after that.”

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