White wants to coach WP

 Sep 30,2013
Written by: Editor

Former Brumbies coach Jake White says that he would be keen to coach Western Province if the opportunity presents itself.

This just a week after the union had indicated that they are not interested in making use of his services.

"I live in Cape Town, my boys are in Cape Town at Bishops and I'd love to coach Western Province. People are saying maybe I am going to Clermont Auvergne because there is a nice job in France."

Western Province have been adamant that White is not part of their plans.

"I can assure you that totally out of line," WP Rugby Union president Thelo Wakefield told the <i>Cape Times</i>  when asked to comment of speculation that they had spoken to the World Cup winner.

"Jake White is not in our plans. We haven't spoken to him and there have definitely not been any meetings with him. We are not looking at Jake White at all."

WP CEO Rob Wagner also dismissed the speculation in a statement last Thursday.

"We are aware that top-class coaches and players will always be linked to jobs or opportunities at the Stormers or WP, but we have not had any talks or negotiations with Jake White," he said.

White, who led the South Africans to their World Cup triumph in 2007, was granted an early release from his four-year contract at the Brumbies last week. He has since been linked to both South African coastal teams.

"I want to be involved with rugby and I want to win another world cup. I am happy to help anybody but I am South African," said White.

While he admitted there were several options he was considering, White would not divulge whether or not he was involved in formal talks with a specific team.

"The bottom line is I am happy to go anywhere In South Africa as long as I think I can add value," he said.

"That's the one thing about taking the job with the Brumbies, was that I knew it was a job that suited me.

"It was the right job which suited my personality and it suited where the team was at the time.

"I'd like to take over a team where the way that I coach, and the way that they play, will help both parties."

White's resignation came as a shock in Australia after he had taken the Brumbies from 13th place in 2011 to seventh in his debut Super Rugby season in 2012, and guided the team to the Super Rugby final this year where they succumbed to the Chiefs.

White's ambitions to coach international rugby, coupled with the fact that his sons were at school in South Africa, all contributed to his decision to call it quits.

He lost out on the Australia coaching job to Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie in July.

"My first prize is I just want to get back into international rugby, so my view is that I have to try and find a way," said White.

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