Oz hang up on White after coaching bid

Sports | 30 Nov 2018

Jake White offered to replace under-fire Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach and was due to have a phone hook-up with Rugby Australia yesterday, but it was cancelled after news of the call was leaked.

The South African, who steered the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup title, approached the governing body after Australia won just four of their 13 Tests this year.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has repeatedly said Cheika continues to have her backing to take the team to the World Cup in Japan next year, which is when his contract runs out. But mounting pressure came to a head after their 37-18 defeat by England last weekend.

The phone call was to assess what former ACT Brumbies coach White, pictured, had to offer as a possible alternative, but it was hastily called off after being leaked to the media.

The board is due to meet on December 10 for a regular end-of-season review where the future of Cheika, who is currently in Europe, and his coaching team is expected to be discussed.

Several former Wallabies have called for change in the Test set-up after their worst year since 1995, including full-back Matt Burke who said the team was no longer well-regarded by their rivals.


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