White on England: ‘Let’s wait and see’

Date published: November 12 2015

Jake White revealed that he is interested in the England coaching job but he is hedging his bets in the meantime. 

The South African has not coached at international level since guiding the Springboks to a second World Cup title in 2007.

However, after Super Rugby stints at the Brumbies and the Sharks, French side Montpellier snapped him up in 2014. White signed a two-year contract extension at the beginning of the year, but that is nothing money can't fix.

The RFU have indicated that the coach to replace Stuart Lancaster must have international experience and White is happy to throw his hat into the ring.

"Let's wait and see…I've been in this position before and I've said openly I don't want to be in the middle of shortlists," the 52-year-old told Sky Sports.

"If they genuinely think I'm the right guy and it's the way forward for English rugby, then I would put my hand up.

"It's one of the sought-after jobs in world rugby – a sleeping giant as England are, they've got all the resources, the history, the tradition.

"It's probably the job most coaches round the world would put their hands up for, but it's important to understand I have a job, and the most important thing is making sure I'm fair to my employers and the people I'm coaching now.

"I've said before, if the RFU were genuine about picking a foreign coach and considered me to be the right man for the job, it would be naive of me to tell you I wasn't interested."