World Cup winner Jake White is interested in succeeding Stuart Lancaster as England head coach.
The 52-year-old South African is the bookmakers’ favourite for the post, which Lancaster vacated on Wednesday.
Following a review into England’s early World Cup elimination, the Rugby Football Union said it would now begin a “global search” for a coach.
New Zealand assistant coach Wayne Smith, who had been linked with the post, said he was taking a break.
He told the BBC: “I’m being clear with everyone that I’m not coaching full-time in 2016.
“I’ve had 29 years in the game as a coach and it’s time for a break. I’ll see what 2017 and beyond brings.”
Smith, 58, is taking a sabbatical having helped the All Blacks win the World Cup last month.
White, meanwhile, guided South Africa to success in France in 2007.
A two-time IRB Coach of the Year, he has since coached the Brumbies and the Sharks in Super Rugby, and is currently in charge of French Top 14 side Montpellier.
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