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'I can win the Rugby World Cup for England'

13 November 2015, 16:58

London — Jake White believes he could win England the Rugby World Cup, but the union will have to court him.

Meanwhile, former Australia and Japan coach Eddie Jones ruled himself out of the running to be England coach, as did former New Zealand coach Wayne Smith.

White, the English bookmakers' favorite to replace Stuart Lancaster, who resigned this week, says he won't be applying for the vacant position because he's done it the last two times and "nothing has changed since then for me."

"I am who I am, and I have coached who I have coached," he said after his Montpellier club lost in the European Challenge Cup late Thursday. "My CV stands itself."

White said he hasn't been approached by the English Rugby Football Union, but insisted they will have to chase the 2007 World Cup winner after he applied for and lost the job to Martin Johnson in 2008 and Lancaster in 2011. He also lost out to Rob Andrew as RFU rugby director in 2011.

"Since I finished with the Springboks (in 2007), I have always made it clear I have a burning desire to win another World Cup," White said. "I can win the World Cup for England.

"I would never be saying that I was keen on the job if I did not believe I could do it."

Meanwhile, Jones said in South Africa he was committed to the Stormers Super Rugby team, which he took over on Nov. 1. And Smith, after assisting in the All Blacks victories in the last two World Cups, and in two Super Rugby titles for the Chiefs, confirmed he was taking next year off from full-time coaching.

"I've had 29 years in the game as a coach, and it's time for a break," Smith told the BBC.

Also, Rob Baxter, who has coached Exeter to second in the English Premiership, said he will honor his contract at the club, which runs to 2018.

Baxter also said the RFU should look for a local coach, and he suggested Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder and Leicester counterpart Richard Cockerill, "coaches who have done their time and, I would like to think, would at least get asked."

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