White expresses interest in Wallabies job

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James Mortimer     10 Dec 2012     Getty Images

The World Cup winning coach, who showed he had lost none of his Midas touch when transforming the ACT based side this season, said that heading to Canberra was a deliberate act considering the reputation the two-time Super Rugby winning franchise had.

However in a statement that could suggest further pressure on current incumbent Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, White told The Australian he would love to be involved in the local Test setup.

“…You ask would I like to coach the Wallabies,” White said.

“Of course that is a dream job. They are one of the premier rugby teams in the world and I would love the opportunity to be a part of the Wallabies set-up."

While White was linked to the vacant England post, before ‘caretaker’ coach Stuart Lancaster was offered the role fulltime, he said that it was a careful decision to head to Canberra to restart his rugby coaching career.

"It was a very conscious choice I made to come and coach at the Brumbies," White said.

“They have always been regarded as an organisation who pushed the boundaries and were at the forefront of innovation in world rugby.

"After I finished with the Springboks, I knew I wanted to get back into coaching, but I needed to wait for the right job, a job which would be mutually beneficial. As a coach, you need to be growing and learning every day, particularly if you have a desire to coach at international level, which I most certainly do.

"That passion has not died in me. It is the ultimate test and I believe I have a great deal to offer as an international coach. Obviously my focus is here with the Brumbies. I am not someone who ever looks too far ahead. I know how quickly things can change.