Jake wants Naas

Naas Botha will act as a mentor to the Springboks during the Vodacom Tri-Nations.

The former Springbok flyhalf was approached to replace Arthrob Pietersen as Bok manager before the series against Scotland, but turned the job down.

According to Die Volksblad, Jake White will have discussions with Naas on Thursday and if they are successful a contract will be signed. Botha has a contract with SuperSport and if he does join the Boks it will be seen as a “favour” by the TV channel. He is also the director of rugby at the Valke, but is not involved in hands-on coaching.

Botha is expected to help the goal kickers in the Bok side – Percy Montgomery and Jaco van der Westhuyzen.

The last time White and Botha worked together in 2002, the Baby Boks won the U21 World Championship.