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White turns down Ireland request

19th April 2013 08:23


Jake White Brumbies v Bulls 2012

Not interested in Ireland job: Jake White

Brumbies coach Jake White has declined an offer from the IRFU to interview for the vacant Ireland head coach job.

The former Springbok mentor has confirmed that he was approached by Ireland about his interest becoming Declan Kidney's successor but insists he remains focused on the Brumbies' Super Rugby campaign.

Reports have emerged in the Australian press that White and Reds boss Ewen McKenzie had been interviewed on Thursday but White poured cold water on speculation that he may be leaving Canberra.

"I'm not available for the Ireland job, I've made it quite clear that I've got a Brumbies contract and I'm here with a job to do," the 2007 World Cup-winning coach told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I'm happy here, I'm coaching boys in Australia and I'm enjoying that. I'm really not in the market for every coaching job that pops up, I'm focusing on the Brumbies and making them better and in turn making Australian rugby better which is one of my briefs as a Super 15 coach in Australia."

White has previously admitted his desire to return to international rugby but not until he has finished his stint with the Brumbies

''Yes I want to get back to international rugby, but I'm here for four years and I don't want it to be a distraction every time something comes up," White said last month. "It's only fair to the players and I'd hate for it to be a distraction for the team.''

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