Springbok coach Jake White throws hat into England ring following Johnson exit

Jake White, who won the 2007 World Cup as South Africa’s head coach, is keen to take charge of England.

But White, who plotted England’s defeat in that Paris final, cannot show any public interest in the job because he has just been appointed head coach with the Canberra-based Brumbies on the eve of the Super 15 tournament.

South Africa's head coach Jake White displays the Rugby World Cup after they beat England in the final at the Stade de France

Keen on the job: South Africa's head coach Jake White, seen here after beating England in the 2007 World Cup final, is said to want the coaching role

Instead White, 48, will declare his interest if he is officially approached by the RFU to succeed Martin Johnson, who quit as team manager last week.

White was embarrassed when he declared an interest in the vacant Springboks post when Peter de Villiers left after a disappointing 2011 World Cup.

But White has told friends the job he really wants is with England — either as head coach or director of rugby. If White is interviewed for the post, he will insist he takes Australian Eddie Jones with him in an advisory role.

Jones, 51, lost out to Sir Clive Woodward’s England in the 2003 World Cup final in Sydney, but was by White’s side as his technical advisor when South Africa ended English dreams of retaining the title.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is still favourite for the job and would probably bring former Leicester and England hooker Dorian West with him. But if Mallinder’s lack of Test experience counts against him, White could be next up.


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