White reveals RFU approach over England job

SOUTH AFRICA’S World Cup-winning coach Jake White claims the Rugby Football Union has approached him about taking over the England team.

White is eight months into a four-year deal with the Brumbies in Australia and says he would not leave before the Super 15 season ends in August.

However, the 48-year-old has “declared an interest in exploring his options”, according to a Brumbies statement.

Earlier this month, RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said he wanted to appoint a new coach by 17 March. Interim England coach Stuart Lancaster is expected to be interviewed before the end of the Six Nations as the RFU search for Martin Johnson’s successor.