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White could be tempted by England

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  • South African coach Jake White could be tempted by the England job.
  • His contract with South Africa expires this year.
  • He has already been linked with the Australia coaching post
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PARIS, France -- South African coach Jake White, who is hoping to plot the downfall of England in in Saturday's World Cup final, is attracted to the idea of one day taking charge of his opponents.

White has been linked with the coaching position with Australia.

"If my contract doesn't get renewed and England came to me with a proposal to coach them one day, I'd be crazy not to accept it," he told The Guardian newspaper.

"There are a huge amount of similarities between England and South Africa. We have both come through tough times and, apart from these last few weeks, they've really not done well since winning the World Cup," said White.

"But England have got massive potential, some real stars and plenty of exciting young players coming through. And there is so much desire and passion in English rugby that I'd have to be tempted."

White's current contract runs to the end of this year and the position has already been advertised by SA Rugby.

His hold on the job was in the balance at the start of 2007, after some poor results, but his stock has soared recently and several media sources have named him as a potential candidate for the post of Australia coach.

White has had a number of differences with provincial rugby administrators and has been criticized by central government over the continued dearth of black players in the national team.

White believes that whatever the result of Saturday's final he will move on.

"When you win the World Cup you've got to go, there's no more you can achieve," he said.

"And if you don't, they probably want you to go anyway."

The England post is unlikely to be vacant for some time, however, as Brian Ashton's unexpected achievement of leading an out-of-form team to the World Cup final means that he can expect to be offered a new contract.

But one of his precessors in the job, Dick Best, has said that he hopes that the fact England have made the final will not be allowed to conceal deep problems in the domestic game.

"We haven't papered over the cracks, we've plastered over them. If we'd gone out earlier, it would have exposed lots of issues," he told BBC Radio.

"There are serious issues in the game in England that need addressing rapidly. Overseas players, competition structures, number of games. There's a lot of issues at stake."

Reaching the final was "marvellous to see, but I'm not sure what this has done for our club game," Best said.

Best said England need get rid of their older players once the World Cup is over end encourage new talent..

"There's no point in the older players being used in the Six Nations," he said.

"That is the time when you should be moving on. We made that mistake four years ago -- we should have had a clear-out and rebuilt the side." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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