South Africa’s World Cup-winning coach Jake White has turned his back on a French job offer and will once again link up with his confidant and close friend Eddie Jones in the new year – after agreeing to take on a fresh consultancy role with English side Saracens.
Jones, who took Australia to the 2003 World Cup Final and was a technical advisor on White’s panel during the Springboks’ victorious march to winning the Webb Ellis Cup in France last year, is now the director of rugby at ‘Sarries.
He first brought in White to assist on defence ahead of last weekend’s 23-6 Guinness Premiership win over Worcester.
Jones was previously brought in as a consultant by White during the Springboks march to World Cup glory last year.
And the duo were back in harness, with White the senior partner, as coaches of the Barbarians side that was beaten 18-11 by Australia at Wembley on Wednesday.
Mourad Boudjellal, the eccentric President of the newly promoted French Top 14 club Toulon, has also been negotiating to sign White on a long-term contract.
White will head to Toulon for a three-week stint later this week, for what has been described as an entrée – as Boudjellal attempts to thrash out a long-term deal.
However, Jones appears to have won the race for the signature of his close friend, White.
“I will be back at Saracens for a week in January and a week in February,” said White, who has become Rugby Union’s answer to a ‘gun for hire,’ since stepping down from his South African post after the World Cup.
“I am consulting to Saracens to help Eddie. It is a new voice. It is a tough competition in the northern hemisphere and it is nice to have a new voice, some new ideas,” he also told reporters after Wednesday’s match.
“I am just glad I can add some value to a club like Saracens for Eddie.”
Jones added: “We obviously get on well and we complement each other in the way we do things.
“He will have a look on what we are doing and seeing where we can improve. He worked specifically on our defence last week but it could be in other areas. It is about adding value to our team.”Tweet