White plays down Wallaby ambitions

 Dec 11,2012
Written by: Editor

World Cup-winning coach Jake White has made it clear that he does not want to displace Robbie Deans or jump any queue for the Wallabies coaching job.

The Brumbies mentor coach was quoted last week as saying it would be a ''dream job'' to coach Australia.

However, White has now changed his tune, stating he didn't want to oust Deans and wasn't trying to push himself ahead of heir apparent Ewen McKenzie.

''To be fair it was a bit of a difficult (question) to put to me  because I coach a franchise in Australia where all players are  basically eligible to play for their country,'' White told AAP.

''But I have no ambitions of taking Robbie Deans' job or jumping in front of the queue in front of everybody.

''I have a job to do (with the Brumbies) and if that means that you get earmarked for greater things then that is fantastic.''

At the moment Deans seems to have held onto his job. And with the British and Irish Lions approaching in 2013, it may be silly for the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to to change their head coach at this point.

However the Lions tour may be the last opportunity for Deans to keep his job, and White admitted - that as a fellow coach of an Australian rugby franchise - it would be wrong for him not to show interest in coaching the Wallabies.

''If I coach in a country like (Australia) you've got to buy into the fact that you're in this country and you're doing it hammer and tongs," he said.

"So it would be a great honour.

"Any guy who is in coaching who says he wouldn't want to coach one of the best sides in the world is dreaming.

''So it is obviously something like that I would look at, but at this point in time I'm with the Brumbies and my job is to make sure I produce Wallabies.''


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