UPDATE: Jake White has confirmed his morning that he will not be the next England coach, deciding to stay with the Brumbies. White tweeted that:
“Always hard turning down a chance to win a world cup, but rugby is about making the right decisions and that’s to stay with @BrumbiesRugby”
It means that Nick Mallett, Stuart Lancaster and Eddie O’Sullivan are the only names remaining on the shortlist.
After yesterday’s intense media speculation regarding the future of Jake White and the England Head Coach position, the Brumbies and Australian Rugby released the following statement overnight:
Further to recent media speculation, Brumbies Head Coach, Jake White, today advised Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan that he has been sounded out by the RFU (England) as a candidate for its vacant coaching role and has declared interest in exploring his options.
Despite speculation that Jake has already been interviewed and offered the position, he has assured Brumbies Rugby that is not the case. Jake has also provided assurances that regardless of the eventual decision made by the RFU, he will remain in Canberra with the Brumbies for the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season.
Fagan was complimentary of Jake’s work over the last eight months and was aware of the possibilities a job like England Head Coach would present, particularly considering the next Rugby World Cup final will be played at Twickenham. But the Brumbies boss was naturally disappointed with the disruption this sort of speculation causes, given Jake is contacted to the club until the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
“Obviously this is a terrific opportunity for Jake White, and one which reflects his status as one of the world’s leading coaches,” Fagan said.
“It also speaks volumes about the quality of the Rugby program that Jake is putting in place here at the Brumbies that he should be sounded out for this role. That said, Jake is in the first of a four year contract with the Brumbies, and there are many details that would need to be worked through should he be successful with his application.”
Brumbies Rugby and Jake White will not be providing any further comment at this time.
In comparison with the other candidates on the shortlist, which includes Nick Mallett, Stuart Lancaster and Eddie O’Sullivan, White would be the standout name after his Rugby World Cup success. Would you be happy to see him in charge?