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Jones or White tipped to take over as England coach

THE hunt is on to find the man who will become the world’s best-paid rugby coach and the odds are strongly on the lucrative if high-pressured England job going to a foreign candidate for the first time.

Following Wednesday’s resignation of Stuart Lancaster, who presided over a dismal World Cup on home soil, the Rugby Football Union has set out its stall for a successor with proven international pedigree.

So, for the first time, the job that reports say carries a 500,000 pounds (US$759,650) a year salary, seems likely to be offered to one of the elite band of overseas coaches with a good track record, headed by South African Jake White and Australian Eddie Jones.

White, coach of French club Montpellier who previously led the Springboks to a World Cup triumph in 2007, is the favorite with British bookmakers.

The 52-year-old was twice contacted by the RFU when it was searching for England coaches, only to lose out to Lancaster and Martin Johnson.

Jones, world rugby’s flavor of the month following the giant-killing exploits of his Japan team at the RWC, took up his new job at South African Super Rugby team, the Stormers, on Tuesday, only to find himself asked about the England job.

“There has been no contact and I am committed to the Stormers,” said Jones who led Australia to the 2003 World Cup final.


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