Rugby Australia decline approach from Jake White

Jake White coached South Africa to 2007 World Cup victory
Jake White coached South Africa to 2007 World Cup victory

Rugby Australia has declined an approach from former South African coach Jake White as speculations increase over Michael Cheika's role as head coach.

White, who coached Springboks to 2007 World Cup triumph also had coaching experience with Australian Super Rugby club Brumbies in 2012 and 2013.

A statement released by Rugby Australia revealed that White initiated a discussion with Chief Executive Raelene Castle which has been called off after the details were leaked to the media.

“Jake White approached Rugby Australia and asked to have a conversation,” he said.

“Rugby Australia did not approach him but agreed to speak with him but have decided not to proceed with the call.”

Australia had a tough year where they went on to lose nine out of the 13 Tests that saw them slip to sixth position in the World Rugby Rankings.

Even though pundits and former Wallabies players have criticised Cheika's role as head coach, the Australian board has backed the 51-year-old to be in charge of the side until his contract comes to an end with the World Cup next year in Japan.

Earlier, RA had announced that a review will be conducted on the team's performance this season on 10th December in the presence of Cheika.

“Rugby Australia is conducting a review process at the end of the Qantas Wallabies season, which is understandably attracting additional attention due to the challenging year the team has faced,” Castle said in a release issued on Thursday night.

“We acknowledge and understand the frustrations of Wallabies fans over recent results and we are completing a thorough review ahead of an important year for the team which culminates with the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“The review commenced within the Wallaby team environment immediately after the match against England last weekend, with players remaining in camp to complete their end of season reviews prior to their departure from the UK on Tuesday.

“The outcomes of the full review will be presented at the December meeting of the Rugby Australia Board with Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika in attendance.”


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