Former South Africa coach, Jake White has confirmed that he is in contention for the vacant England manager’s job.
He has told his current employers, ACT Brumbies, that the RFU has approached him and is considering him for the job.
Brumbies seems highly supportive of their man and are keen for him to take the choice which would benefit his career the most. They do how highlight in a statement that White is in the first year of a four year contract and should he be successful there would be “many details that would need to be worked through”.
This would suggest they would require significant compensation from the RFU if they want to take White on, an issue which would not be the case for the likes of Nick Mallet, Stuart Lancaster or Eddie O’Sullivan.
White initially ruled himself out of applying for the England job but his opinion seems to have changed. All along he has been open about his desire to become the first coach to win the World Cup twice and the opportunity to follow his South African success in 2007 with a campaign to build towards the tournament with England in 2015 may well have proved too alluring to him.
With the RFU announcing that the new manager will be in place before the end of the Six Nations interviews for the England job will take place in the next couple of weeks with Mallet, Lancaster and White expected to be the three men currently in consideration.
England’s performances in the European tournament (where they have the best Six Nations odds) mean that Lancaster is being considered seriously to retain the position.
Eddie O’Sullivan and John Kirwan were also interested in the job but failed to make the shortlist whilst former All Blacks assistant, Wayne Smith confirmed that he had not been interested in the top job. Smith though could well enter the England set up under the leadership of either White or Mallett.