South African White open to approach from England

World Cup-winning South African Jake White (right) would be in-terested in coaching England if Stuart Lancaster de-parts.

The Rugby Football Union have said there will be no knee-jerk reaction to England’s failure to get through the pool stage at a World Cup for the first time but Lancaster’s position will be reviewed after the final match against Uruguay next weekend.

White, who led South Africa to their second World Cup triumph in 2007, has been touted as a candidate to become England’s first foreign coach along with the likes of Japan coach Eddie Jones and New Zealand assistant Wayne Smith.

“England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history,” the 52-year-old, who is currently at French club Montpellier, said.

“If they were genuinely interested and they approached me, of course I would be interested. It’s one of the biggest jobs in world sport and you’d be crazy not to consider it.”

Meanwhile, Mike Ford, one of the leading English candidates for the job, should it become vacant, ruled himself out of the race yesterday.

“I have just signed a contract with Bath Rugby and my only intention is to help them realise their potential,” he said.

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