Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Touting for business

In a shock move earlier today it emerged that South Africa's World Cup winning coach Jake White has not approached the Scottish Rugby Union with a view to becoming the Scotland team's Head Coach next year.

White, whose CV has landed on the desk of more or less every other national union in recent days, denied that he was intentionally snubbing the Scots, claiming that he was unaware that the Scotland head coach position was up for grabs.

"That's not the point," said a spokesperson for the SRU. "He's said that he'd like to coach England despite the fact that Brian Ashton still has that job, at least for now. We're really hurt and upset that he doesn't appear interested in us.

"We're also extremely disappointed that none of the Scottish players have chosen to go public with criticisms of current coach Frank Hadden. We'd have thought that at least 1 or 2 of them would turn out to be self-serving egomaniacs and it looks like we're falling behind the English in yet another area," he added.

Meanwhile, bookmakers have installed White as a red hot favourite to take over as head coach of England, Wales and Australia in 2008.

"After coping with the politics in South African rugby over the past 4 years, Jake feels that taking on all three roles simultaneously would be a walk in the park," White's agent is reported to have said.

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