Rugby Australia cancel secret coach call
RUGBY Australia boss Raelene Castle has cancelled her planned secret call with former Springboks coach Jake White after the World Cup-winning coach leaked details of the phone hook-up to News Corp.
The call was to have taken place on Thursday night but RA officials told White they weren't going ahead with the call after the leak added to speculation that Michael Cheika's job as head coach was on the line.
"Jake White approached Rugby Australia and asked to have a conversation," a spokesman for Rugby Australia said.
"Rugby Australia did not approach him but agreed to speak with him but have decided not to proceed with the call."
Speculation about Cheika's future has intensified after the Wallabies were hammered by England last weekend to end the season with nine losses in 13 Tests.
RA has repeatedly said that Cheika would remain as head coach through to next year's World Cup in Japan but news of the planned hook-up with White was seen as the first sign that the board was having second thoughts.
White led South African to victory in the 2007 World Cup in France and is currently coaching in Japan.
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