Jake White says he can win the World Cup again if he succeeds Stuart Lancaster as England head coach.
The 52-year-old South African is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Lancaster, who left the post on Wednesday after England failed to make it out of their World Cup group.
White, coach of French Top 14 side Montpellier, lifted the Webb Ellis Cup with South Africa in 2007.
“I have a burning desire to win another World Cup,” he said.
“I can win the World Cup for England. I would never be saying that I was keen on the job if I did not believe I could do it.”
White says he has been in contention for roles in the England set-up on three previous occasions.
He said: “When Rob Andrew got his role, I was on the shortlist, when Martin Johnson got picked, I was on the shortlist, when Lancaster got picked, I was on the shortlist.”
White had earlier told BBC Radio 5 live the job was one of the best in world sport as “everyone is striving for everything England have got”.
He added: “They have more players than any other country, more resources, and they’re the envy of every other country on their home ground.
“They have things in place they need to address but I think that’s why they’re a sleeping giant.”
White the World Cup winner
After three years at the helm, White guided his home nation to World Cup success in France in 2007.
He has since coached the Brumbies and the Sharks in Super Rugby, and has been in charge at Montpellier since 2014.
When asked about being approached for the England job, the two-time IRB Coach of the Year said: “If they’re genuinely interested in me, and they thought I was the right guy, I’d be honoured to be involved.
“But it’s a long shot. No-one has come to ask me so at this point in time it’s just media hype.”