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White shortlisted for France job


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.

Agence France-Presse

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  1. Although me are no longer a White fan, he will be so good for French rugby, he create winning teams, and he will do that with the Frogs as well.

    Frogs will have structure for once in there game which wins you competitions and the hard games

  2. He will dominate. French have some quality and Jake could be the best thing to happen to them since Thierry Dusatoir!

  3. I can’t believe France is Jake’s ultimate goal. If anything I think he just wants to use France to get to what he really wants….

    Now could he go to France & then ENGLAND? That’s how William the Conquerer did it.
    & Bunny will love this….
    William the Conquerer was also known as William the Bastard

    Whatever outcome other nations should be afraid. Very afraid.

  4. @Americano: Haha it was a nice thought. We say no to England. We do not want him. We are happy with Stuart. He he.

  5. @bchanakira2:
    Too true – problem is he got fkall loyalty and rubs ppl up the wrong way but if he sticks to coaching and actually has an attacking coaching team – pretty hard to beat.

  6. Wonder if his henchman…..
    Eddie Jones will join him?
    JakeWhites SA team didn’t really get anywhere till Crocodile Eddie came on

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