White: ‘I can win the RWC for England’

Date published: November 13 2015

Harlequins v Montpellier - European Rugby Challenge Cup

Jake White believes he is the right man to rescue England from the mire and take them to their second World Cup title in 2019.

The South African looks like the sole international frontrunner to replace Stuart Lancaster after Eddie Jones, Graham Henry and Wayne Smith all politely and publicly declared their lack of interest.

Ironically, White was speaking after his Montpellier team went down 41-18 at Harlequins on Thursday night.

"I can win the World Cup for England," the former South African coach told reporters.

"I would never be saying that I was keen on the job if I did not believe I could do it. I have not been approached by anyone, everything is just speculation. I have been in this (situation) three times already.

"When Rob Andrew got his role I was on the short list, when Martin Johnson got picked I was on the short list, when Lancaster got picked I was on the short list. It is no use me sitting here saying 'what if'."

Despite his eagerness, White expressed some hesitation in submitting his CV to follow due process.

"If you are the right man for the job there should be no process," added the 52-year-old.

"If they believe you are the right guy that gives coaches confidence. You had to send your CV in and go through the whole interview process in the past.

"Nothing has changed since then for me. I am who I am and I have coached who I have coached. My CV stands itself. 

"Since I finished with the Springboks I have always made it clear I have a burning desire to win another World Cup.

"Getting England to win a World Cup is basically what it is. The jewel in the crown is the World Cup."

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