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White among Brumbies coaching contenders

25/03/2011 08:06:02 PM Comments (0)

Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan says World Cup-winning coach Jake White is one of the strong candidates to be head coach with the Super Rugby side from 2012.

White was among the near 20 expressions of interest for the role, Fagan said on Friday.

The South African guided the Springboks to a World Cup and the 2004 Tri-Nations title and coached the Under-21 national side to victory in the 2002 World Cup, but he is yet to be head coach of a Super Rugby province.

"He has got some really strong experienced views on the game, on where it is now and where it is heading," Fagan said.

"Obviously he has proven to be successful, it is great that he is interested in the role."

Fagan said he believed the selected coach from next year would bring a turnaround for the club, which has not made the finals since winning a second Super title in 2004.

"In general, we are obviously keen to identify a coach who has a really strong vision for establishing the best rugby program in the country and delivering high performance success to the organisation," he said.

"...Whatever decision we make, I am confident it will be a really good one for the club."

While the Brumbies deliberate on hiring a new coach, Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper will decide his Super Rugby future by March 31.

Ashley-Cooper has offers to stay with the Brumbies or move to Sydney with the NSW Waratahs from 2012.

"He has played his cards pretty close to his chest through this entire period," Fagan said.

"I am a little unsure in what he is going to do.

"We have very much put our best foot forward and made a very attractive offer to him."

Fagan said the Brumbies obviously wished for Ashley-Cooper to stay with the club where he made his Super Rugby debut in 2005.

"It is a personal matter to him at this stage," Fagan said.

The home match against the Waratahs on Saturday was crucial for both sides following recent losses, Fagan said.

The Waratahs have been unsuccessful in their past two matches while the Brumbies have lost the past three, including a 52-10 thumping at the hands of the Crusaders in their last game.

"If we can get a win on the board, it will do wonders for the confidence in the group and put us right back into the frame with regards our position on the table," he said.

"It is a massive game, it always is against the Waratahs."

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