Jake White cautious over vacant England coaching job
ESPN Staff
November 12, 2015
Montpellier coach Jake White faces the media © Getty Images

Jake White has admitted he would be interested in the England coaching role but insisted he would not be part of a scramble for the job.

The South African, who is currently in charge of Top 14 side Montpellier, guided the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007 before stints at Super Rugby outfits the Brumbies and Sharks.

His name has been one of those mentioned as a possible replacement for Stuart Lancaster, who stood down as England coach after his side became the first World Cup hosts in history to be knocked out at the pool stage.

"Let's wait and see," White told Sky Sports. "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.

"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.

"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."

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