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White a Wallabies chance, says ARU boss

Brumbies coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Jake White. Photo: Chris Dutton

AUSTRALIAN Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver wants Jake White to stay in Australia at the end of his ACT Brumbies tenure, admitting he is still an option as a future Wallabies coach.

But World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry fears White's South African style will rule him out of ever winning the Australian job.

White's contract with the Brumbies finishes at the end of 2015 and he has already declared his intention to return to international coaching.

White was overlooked for the Wallabies job in July, with Pulver opting to make Ewen McKenzie the new coach because of his vision to play the ''Australian way'' - attacking rugby.

When asked if White would ever be given a chance to be the Wallabies coach, Pulver said: ''Who knows what happens in the future, he's a terrific coach.

''Jake has a very successful style, he has one of the best records of all international coaches. There's no problems there. If he can stay in Australia, which is what I would like, you never know.''

There is a perception that White's coaching style will not suit the Wallabies.

Despite a horror start to the Rugby Championship campaign, losing the first three Tests, Pulver said he wanted the Wallabies to play entertaining and attacking rugby. The ARU invited White and McKenzie to each pitch their case to be the successor to sacked coach Robbie Deans.

White's vision for the future was about winning.

McKenzie's was about winning ''the Australian way''.

Despite White's style being labelled boring, the Brumbies scored 12 more tries than McKenzie's Reds in the 2013 Super Rugby season.

The Brumbies made the final while the Reds were bundled out in the first week of the play-offs.

White has also won a World Cup, as the South Africa coach. But Henry, who guided New Zealand to a 2011 triumph, said the desire to play ''the Australian way'' would harm White's prospects.

''Jake's South African. He coaches the way he has developed over the years and they have a certain style which is bloody difficult [to play against],'' Henry said.

''Jake has put his style in with the Brumbies … would it be successful at the next level? I think Australians would struggle with that style because you need dominance up front and if you don't get that, you're buggered.''

White has been the Brumbies coach for the past two seasons.

When he took over in Canberra, the Brumbies had just three players in the Wallabies 30-man World Cup squad.

In a remarkable turnaround, the Brumbies had nine players in the Wallabies' 23-man team which played Argentina on Saturday night.

White has been the most successful Australian coach over the past two seasons, winning more games than any of his rivals and his team scored more tries.

''I hope Jake and Ewen have a very close relationship [for the Wallabies], but any involvement is Ewen's decision, not mine,'' Pulver said.

''Jake is a world-class coach and I sincerely hope we can keep him in Australia.''

The Brumbies are finalising their roster for the 2014 season.

The ARU is also working with SANZAR to organise a blockbuster round-one clash for the grand finalists to start the 2014 campaign, likely to be against Australian rivals Queensland or NSW.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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