10 Mar 2012

White rejects England approach to stay with Brumbies

11:52 am on 10 March 2012

The Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White has turned down the chance to apply for the vacant England job, saying he is committed to his Australian Super Rugby franchise, the ACT Brumbies.

The Brumbies had released a statement revealing that White, who coached South Africa to victory in the 2007 World Cup, had been approached by the Rugby Football Union as it seeks to find a permanent replacement for Martin Johnson.

Asked at a news conference in Canberra whether he was interested in the post, the 48-year-old South African said he wasn't and said he planned on honouring his four-year contract with the Brumbies.

White, who took over at the Brumbies last July, says there's nothing wrong with having expressed an interest in the role and did not rule out a move in the future.

England are currently being overseen by caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster, who took over after Johnson's resignation following last year's troubled World Cup campaign in New Zealand.