Jake White has emerged as the latest candidate to replace Philippe Saint-André as French coach according to reports.
The former Springbok coach is currently in charge of Montpellier but reports in New Zealand claim he is one of eight people on the shortlist for the France job.
Saint-André will step down after four years in charge after the World Cup, withles Bleus having received more than 50 applications to replace him.
A shortlist of eight was created, with the candidates meeting FFR officials this week.
Sir Clive Woodward was revealed as another potential candidate, as are Raphael Ibanez, Fabrice Landreau and Fabien Galthié.
However Toulouse coach Guy Novès is the strong favourite for the job, with the French giants having already moved to bring in his successor, Ugo Mola.
Well there goes that rumor…..Rugby 365 reports…..
World Cup-winning former Springbok coach Jake White has put an end to rumours linking him to the soon-to-be-vacant French coaching job.
The South African, White, has extended his contract as “consultant” with Montpellier by two years through until June 2017, the Top 14 club announced Wednesday.
White, who coached the Boks to World Cup glory in 2007, arrived at Montpellier in December to take over from Fabien Galthie.
The club, which currently sit in eighth spot and will miss out on making the top six play-offs for the first time since 2010/11, decided to announce the deal to put an end to rumours that White was one of the eight candidates short-listed to succeed Philippe Saint-Andre as France head coach.
White, 52, will have compatriot Shaun Sowerby (forwards) and Australian Scott Wisemantel (backs) as his assistants next season.