The Case for Adding Jake White to the Wallabies Coaching Team: A World Cup Winner’s Perspective

Ben Alexander, who played under Jake White at the Brumbies, believes the World Cup-winning coach could do the same with the Wallabies. After Eddie Jones’ departure from the Wallabies following their World Cup disappointment, Rugby Australia is set to replace him. While there are several potential candidates being considered, including Australians Dan McKellar, Stephen Larkham, and Andy Friend, former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has also expressed interest in the role. Additionally, sources have indicated that Jake White is interested in the position. Ben Alexander, a 72-Test Wallaby, believes White should be considered for the role, especially given the significant upcoming events in Australian rugby. White’s previous success with the Brumbies and his experience with the Australian rugby environment make him a strong contender for the job. Alexander also praises White for his excellent coaching skills and his ability to improve the performance of players. Despite some negative perceptions of White’s coaching style, Alexander believes that White’s positive impact on the Brumbies demonstrates his ability to lead the Wallabies successfully. Furthermore, Alexander suggests that White is capable of navigating the politics and external challenges that come with coaching the national team. Rugby Australia is expected to take its time in naming a new Wallabies coach, with the decision likely to be made closer to the start of the Super Rugby season in late February.