‘I can win World Cup for England’

Jake White says he has a burning desire to win another World Cup and can do it with England.

White is the bookies' favourite to become England's new head coach following the resignation of Stuart Lancaster earlier this week.

'I can win the World Cup for England,' the 2007 World Cup-winning coach told reporters following Montpellier's 41-18 loss to Harlequins. 'I would never be saying that I was keen on the job if I did not believe I could do it. I have not been approached by anyone, everything is just speculation. I have been in this [situation] three times already.

'When Rob Andrew got his role [as director of rugby] I was on the shortlist, when Martin Johnson got picked I was on the shortlist, when Stuart Lancaster got picked I was on the short list. It is no use me sitting here saying “what if”.'

White said he should not have to submit his CV this time around.

'If you are the right man for the job there should be no process. If they believe you are the right guy that gives coaches confidence. You had to send your CV in and go through the whole interview process in the past. Nothing has changed since then for me. I am who I am and I have coached who I have coached. My CV stands for itself.

'Since I finished with the Springboks I have always made it clear I have a burning desire to win another World Cup. Getting England to win a World Cup is basically what it is. The jewel in the crown is the World Cup.'

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Simon Borchardt