White waits on Ashton

2007-10-28 18:13

London - Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jake White has again raised the possibility of joining the England ranks, describing the job as "a great opportunity for any coach".

Current England chief Brian Ashton has yet to receive official backing from the Rugby Football Union to carry on in the top job and with White - the man who masterminded the Springboks' 15-6 final win over England - also looking unlikely to stay in his current role, there have been suggestions he could make the move.

"England is a great opportunity for any coach," White said. "They have a rugby culture. They have played in three World Cup finals out of six, so there are a lot of things going for them."

Ashton's future, which has been further clouded by post-tournament comments from the likes of Lawrence Dallaglio and Mike Catt, will not be decided until RFU director of elite rugby Rob Andrew completes a thorough assessment of the months and years leading up to the surprise final appearance.

But White seems to be making it clear that he is an option should Ashton be deemed surplus to requirements.

He told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "There was no plan about what would happen after the World Cup.

"After winning it I have been linked to various countries.

"England are a power that can become a huge force. I would really like to stay in international rugby. Once it is in your blood, it stays there.

"My contract (with South Africa) ends on December 31 and after that we will talk about the future. The fact that England has two teams in the Heineken Cup final just proves how strong their rugby is."

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.