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Last Updated: Monday, 22 October 2007, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
White would consider Wales offer
Wales are keen to recruit South Africa's Jake White after his World Cup win
Wales are keen to recruit Jake White after his World Cup win
South Africa coach Jake White has said he would consider an offer to become the next Wales coach.

Despite having just won the World Cup, White did not reapply for his Springbok job before Friday's deadline and does not expect to be asked to carry on.

"They (Wales) asked me: 'Do you want to continue coaching international rugby?' I said 'yes'," White said.

"They then asked me: 'Would you consider coaching a country like Wales?' Once again, I said 'yes'."

The 43-year-old could also be in the frame for the Australia job with John Connolly stepping down, while Graham Henry may also leave the New Zealand job.

And another possible destination, England, have said they will wait until the end of the year before deciding whether to offer head coach Brian Ashton a new contract.

There is even a possibility that White could yet stay in charge of the world champions if he can find common ground with South African rugby chiefs.

White's agent, Craig Livingstone, told BBC Wales that his client is in no hurry to make a decision on his future, but that will not stop him from making up his mind imminently.

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Livingstone said: "Jake has quite a few options and he has not made his mind up yet. He just wants to enjoy himself and relax and not worry about his future too much post-World Cup."

But Livingstone also revealed that White would like to make a decision "within two weeks", which almost certainly means the South African would have to rule Wales in or out.

White will lead the Springboks for the last time when they face Wales in Cardiff on 24 November and then the Barbarians on 1 December at Twickenham. His contract ends on 31 December.

"Wales have spoken to me but we did not discuss things in detail as I was preparing for the World Cup," White added.

"We are playing Wales in Cardiff next month so that will give me the opportunity to explore things further.

"I will have some family time before then and that is when I will really weigh up my options.

"International rugby is where I want to be. There's nothing better.

"They are very passionate about their rugby in Wales, probably the same as South Africa and New Zealand in terms of feeling for the game.

"What you've got to do is understand that the side you are going to be in charge of is competitive. You can't be going into the job just for the sake of it.

"We've been spoilt for talent in South Africa. Wales were a great team two years ago but they have really disappointed their fans over the last two years.

"I know that because we have probably analysed Wales more over that period than anyone else."

It is believed that New Zealanders Robbie Deans, Warren Gatland, Steve Hansen and Ian Foster have all been approached to take over the Wales job from the sacked Gareth Jenkins.

The Welsh Rugby Union is also set to meet the four domestic regional coaches to discuss the vacant Wales post.

They are Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young, Ospreys coach Lyn Jones, Llanelli Scarlets' Phil Davies and Paul Turner at the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Caretaker coach Nigel Davies will lead Wales against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.



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