Tahs, Force target Jake

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Tahs, Force target Jake

The Waratahs and Western Force are interested in the services of Jake White.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, several Tahs representatives have already approached World Cup winning Springbok coach White to take up a director of rugby role at the Sydney-based team. This means head coach Chris Hickey will not lose his position as White will work above him.

However, the Force might create a contest for his signature as they lose head coach John Mitchell after 2011 when his contract ends. Mitchell is allegedly interested in a coaching post in South Africa.

It is understood that White wants to make a move Down Under, so it is likely to be Perth or Sydney.

It was also reported that Victor Matfield could also join the Tahs in a coaching capacity in 2012. Matfield is set to retire after the World Cup and he wants to pursue a career in rugby.

‘I will probably have a look in coaching. Maybe with coaching overseas,’ Matfield said.

Tahs sweat on quartet

Phil Waugh (quadriceps), Al Baxter (calf), Wycliff Palu (hamstring) and Berrick Barnes (sternum) are all injury concerns for the Waratahs ahead of their clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

All four players injured themselves in the during the 39-32 win over the Blues last Saturday. However, head coach Chris Hickey is confident that they have enough quality reserves should the quartet not recover in time to face the Cheetahs, who have their own injury concerns too.

Rebels sign another European

The Melbourne Rebels have recruited Wales international Gareth Delve for their debut Super Rugby season next year.

Gloucester skipper Delve follows former England pivot Danny Cipriani to the Rebels. He is set to land in Melbourne in September.

‘The opportunity to test myself alongside the best players in world rugby in a competition I have grown up admiring was one I couldn’t refuse,’ Delve said after Gloucester’s clash against Leeds last weekend.

Other players who have already signed are Reds prop Laurie Weeks and scrumhalf Richard Kingi while other Australian signings are expected in the next fortnight.

One of those should be Stirling Mortlock. The Wallabies centre admitted to keo.co.za when the Brumbies toured South Africa that the move to the Rebels is appealing.

‘In the beginning, I didn’t consider a move to the Rebels,’ Morlock said. ‘But no there are big things happening in Melbourne and I could consider finishing my career there.’

However, it has been reported that Mortlock wants a three-year contract while the Rebels have only offered a one-year deal.

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