JAKE WHITE is desperate to oust South Africa coach Peter de Villiers, even on an interim basis, and has revealed that contact with his former employers over the role has already been made.
The current Springbok boss is under heavy pressure and facing mounting criticism in the wake of a poor 2010 season from the world champions.
“I can’t bear to watch the Springboks playing like this any more,” White, who guided the team to the 2007 World Cup title, said yesterday.
“I’m ready to do a hospital job and coach the Springboks to the World Cup in 2011 if the South African Rugby Union (SARU) wants me.
“I’ve already made contact with SARU president Oregan Hoskins but he keeps telling me he has to run the idea past the executive council.
“Well, I’m saying I’m available because what we’ve seen with the Springboks in the past 10 months is worrying.”
De Villiers led South Africa to their worst ever Tri Nations finish at the weekend after they slumped to a fifth loss in six games when they went down 41-39 to Australia in Bloemfontein.
However, he has been in the spotlight for plenty of reasons already this year with his comments against match officials landing him in front of a SANZAR hearing.
More recently he also said the Springboks were 100% behind Bees Roux – the Bulls rugby player arrested and charged with the alleged killing of a Pretoria policeman.
SARU are set to discuss those issues as well as the on-field performances of the team later this month.
But White is adamant the only way to fix things is by changing the coaching set-up.
“We were the strongest defensive team in world rugby a short while ago, now suddenly we are conceding 22 tries in a Tri Nations season,” he said. “That is unacceptable, and there are such elementary mistakes that are being made.
“It’s extremely frustrating to watch it happen and it saddens me to see it.”
White, who led the Springboks between 2004 and 2007, also put his weight behind Allister Coetzee to take over in the long term.
The current Western Province coach was his assistant during his reign and the 47-year-old said “Allister was the man who should have been appointed to replace me after the last World Cup. “I said so at the time, and I remain convinced about that. But I think it might be a bit unfair on Allister, or anyone else for that matter, to be brought in on a 12-month contract and expected to fix it in that space of time with no guarantee that they will stay on beyond the World Cup.
White wants former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones as his assistant.
He added: “I have spoken to Eddie and he is very eager to get involved again if the opportunity arises and he would love to have a crack at winning another World Cup.”
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