Jake White could well be part of the England management when the Boks play two tests at Twickenham in November.
The London-based Mail on Sunday, confirming recent reports on Keo.co.za, reported that the RFU (English Rugby Union) is ready to pay the South African Rugby Union in the region of R1,3-million to secure the Springbok coach’s services.
White had told Keo.co.za a fortnight ago that he had been told there would be no financial concerns surrounding his existing contract — and that the RFU would cover these costs should he take up a position within the England fold.
White has been negotiating with England, which in itself is a sensational story, even if the Provincial Presidents don’t think so.
Consider this: White has coached the current crop of Boks for two and a half years. South Africa and England are in the same World Cup pool. Whoever loses that Pool match takes the tough road to a possible semi-final.
That SARU allowed a situation to evolve whereby their national coach was negotiating with the likes of England, while still under contract to the Boks is outrageous. That they refused point blank to consider White’s proposal for an extension also speaks volumes for the ill-feeling between the national coach and the national governing body’s administration.
White confirmed only that he would continue to coach the Boks until after the Vodacom Tri nations. He would then reassess his options.
White is one of several candidates to fill the position with the RFU should former World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward opt to stay with Southampton Football Club. Other names that have been mentioned for the position include Eddie Jones and Nick Mallett.