2012 March 9
England approach RWC-winner for coaching role.England approach RWC-winner for coaching role.
England's search for a new permanent head coach has livened up amid reports that World Cup-winning coach Jake White has been approached for the job.
White, who won the World Cup with South Africa in 2007 after beating England in the final, is currently eight months into a contract with Australia's Brumbies team; meaning that there would be much legal wrangling if he was to take the job.
The coach has expressed an interest though and is currently "exploring his options", the team explained in a statement released to BBC Sport.
Many pundits expected interim coach Stuart Lancaster to be offered the role, having won two away games in a row and treating the Twickenham fans in their designer sportswear to an admirable performance - despite a defeat to Wales.
The new development looks set to open the field once more, with ex-Italy coach Nick Mallett also thought to be in consideration for the job.
Whilst no official dates have yet to be set for the announcement, the RFU has gone on record to say it wants to make the appointment this month. It also refused to acknowledge when it would be conducting interviews, although the arrival at England training of selection panel member Sir Ian McGeechan signalled that interviews were currently ongoing, guardian.co.uk reports.