White down plays Wallaby ambitions
December 11, 2012
Former Springboks coach Jake White is currently in charge of the Brumbies where he has worked alongside Wallabies legend George Gregan © Getty Images
Brumbies coach Jake White has denied he wants to replace Robbie Deans as Australia head coach.
The former South Africa coach, who won the World Cup with his native country in 2007, was quoted last week as saying it would be a "dream job" to coach the Wallabies.
But he clarified his position to reporters on Tuesday when he insisted he neither wanted to Deans nor jump ahead of heir apparent Ewen McKenzie in the queue to become the next Wallabies head coach.
"To be fair it was a bit of a difficult (question) to put to me because I coach a franchise in Australia where all players are basically eligible to play for their country," said White.
"But I have no ambitions of taking Robbie Deans' job or jumping in front of the queue in front of everybody. I have a job to do (with the Brumbies) and if that means that you get earmarked for greater things then that is fantastic."
Deans is in the final year of his current contract with the Wallabies and has been under severe pressure recently, despite Australia securing victories on their end-of-season tour over Italy, England and Wales.
McKenzie remains the favourite to replace Deans having led the Reds to the 2011 Super Rugby final. However, White, who is in entering his second year with the Brumbies, did not rule out a role with the Wallabies in the future.
"If I coach in a country like (Australia) you've got to buy into the fact that you're in this country and you're doing it hammer and tongs. So it would be a great honour," he said. "Any guy who is in coaching who says he wouldn't want to coach one of the best sides in the world is dreaming.
"So it is obviously something like that I would look at, but at this point in time I'm with the Brumbies and my job is to make sure I produce Wallabies."
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