World Cup winner Jake White says he will see out his four-year contract with the Brumbies, a day after saying that he would apply to replace Peter de Villiers as Springbok coach.
White, reacting to the Boks’ elimination against Australia in the World Cup quarter-finals, was quoted in various media outlets on Monday, among them Independent Newspapers, saying: ‘Being at the World Cup [in New Zealand] and experiencing the tournament has re-ignited my desire to get back into international rugby.
‘I’d like to make myself available for the Bok job. The last time  I was told I didn’t get the job because I didn’t apply for the position, and I want to make sure that South Africans know I never turned my back on Springbok rugby and that I have always wanted to be a part of it. Whenever the job officially becomes available, I’ll definitely put my CV in.’
However, White has now made a U-turn, telling AAP: ‘I’ve got a contract here in Canberra, I’m enjoying putting the programme together with a great group of staff and players and I’m definitely not leaving.
‘As a proud South African it has always been my intention to one day return to my homeland and as an ambitious coach, leading the national team again is also something I would like to achieve in the future.
‘I will not turn my back on South Africa but for at least the next four years I am 100% committed to leading the Brumbies and returning Super Rugby success to the people of Canberra.’
It is highly unlikely that White would have got the Bok job anyway, as he and Saru president Oregan Hoskins clashed repeatedly during and after his Bok coaching tenure.
Outgoing coach Peter de Villiers will be paid until November after which the position will be advertised.