White agent rules out Ireland job

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news on 21 Mar 2008 at 19:56

Former South Africa coach Jake White has appeared to rule himself out of the running to succeed Eddie O’Sullivan as Ireland coach.


The BBC reports White’s agent Craig Livingstone was reported in a Dublin newspaper as saying “Ireland would definitely not be a consideration for Jake”.

“I would be very surprised if it was an option for him,” he added. “We haven’t been approached by anyone in Ireland.

“He said that the only job he would be interested in is the England post.”

O’Sullivan resigned on Wednesday in the aftermath of Ireland’s worst-ever Six Nations campaign, bringing to and end his six-and-a-half years in the role of head coach.

Munster coach Declan Kidney, former Wales coach Mike Ruddock, ex-Leicester coach Pat Howard, not the Australian Rugby Union’s high-performance manager, and London Irish coach Brian Smith have all been linked with the job of replacing O’Sullivan.

White, meanwhile, has been linked with a role in the England set-up ever since Livingstone revealed he had been in touch with Rugby football union elite rugby director Rob Andrew last November.

The RFU opted to maintain the coaching structure that took them to last year’s World Cup final for the Six Nations, but Andrew is reviewing it again after a mixed campaign, despite England posting their best finish since 2003.

White has made no bones about his interest in a role with England.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that the job has always appealed to me,” said White, who led the Springboks to World Cup success last autumn.

“But England have their own review process under way and must decide what’s right for them.”


  • They seem to have taken forever to decide about the England coaching job – hope he gets it if it is the one he wants.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.08 20:09:37 by Nessa Reply
  • Yeah I’d prefer him at England rather than the Lions on a tour in RSA…

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.08 03:24:10 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • What about his day job?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.08 20:51:10 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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