7 Sep 2010

Jake White wants his job back

6:12 am on 7 September 2010

South Africa's world cup winning rugby coach Jake White wants his old job back and would be happy to lead them at next year's tournament in New Zealand.

However White only wants it to be an interim measure to help get Springbok rugby back on track before handing over to his former assistant, Allister Coetzee, after 2011.

White believes 12 months is enough time for him to turn the team around and prepare them for a second consecutive World Cup title.

The interest in the job, which is currently held by Peter de Villiers, has increased following their defeat to Australia at the weekend.

White says he agrees with the view of many critics that the blunders that have been made along the way mean De Villiers should make way for someone new, even at this late stage in the build-up to the next World Cup.

He believes his former assistant, Coetzee, is the future for the Boks long-term, but says it would be unfair to bring the current Western Province and Stormers coach into the system as Bok head coach as replacement for De Villiers just 12 months before the World Cup.