White puts his hand up for England job


Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White has expressed his interest in replacing Stuart Lancaster in the England job.

Lancaster vacated his role on Wednesday after host nation England failed to make it beyond the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has been linked with Australia boss Michael Cheika, who led the Wallabies to the final, but South African White has reportedly emerged as one the favourites to get the nod.

White - in charge of French outfit Montpellier in the Top 14 - oversaw South Africa's 2007 World Cup triumph and the 52-year-old wants to return to the international scene with England.

"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," White told Sky Sports News.

"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.

"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. 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."