Jake White is to start a new coaching career in the Guinness Premiership next month with Saracens and renew his World Cup-winning partnership with Eddie Jones.
Peter Jackson writes for the Daily Mail that the 44-year-old South African, out of work since supervising the Springboks’ win over England in the final 12 months ago, is in the process of finalising a deal to join the Watford club’s coterie of coaches headed by Jones as director of rugby.
His job definition as a consultant will be similar to the specialist role Jones filled for South Africa throughout their unbeaten campaign in France this time last year.
White’s imminent appointment, on the basis of one week’s work every month, will end a lengthy absence during which he made no secret of his desire to run the England national team, both before Brian Ashton’s reappointment last December and again after his dismissal five months later.
‘I want to get back into rugby because that’s where I belong and the time is right,’ said White. ‘It is very likely that I will be involved with a club in England.’
Sarries are on the verge of finalising White’s contract and completing a signing which strengthens their golden South African connection behind the appointment of former Springbok captains Francois Pienaar and Morne du Plessis as club directors.
An £8milion investment in the club from a company headed by billionaire Johann Rupert has given Sarries the clout to bid for Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger when their Springbok contracts run out next autumn.
White has also spoken to Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan, offering his services to the Lions for their three-Test series in South Africa next summer.
The World Cup winner, who is to coach the Barbarians in tandem with Jones against Australia at Wembley on December 3, had been touted for the Lions job during the aftermath of the victory in France.
‘I was in negotiations with the Lions long ago,’ he said. ‘Since then I have made it clear that I would like to be involved in South African rugby.
‘If that is not going to happen and Ian McGeechan wanted to use me as a consultant to help get the Lions back on track, then I have said I am available.
‘I know the players, I know the conditions and I know the venues. It’s up to him and the Lions to decide if they need me.’
McGeechan, who has vowed not to surround himself with too many coaches as Sir Clive Woodward did in New Zealand three years ago, will name a largely Welsh coaching team in Dublin on Wednesday – Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards, Wales head coach Warren Gatland, Wales attack coach Rob Howley and Wales fitness coach Craig White.Tweet