Johannesburg - Montpellier's South African coach Jake White
said on Tuesday he is ready to retake the helm of his national side, which he led
to glory at the 2007 World Cup.
Current South Africa coach Allister Coetzee oversaw a
catastrophic 2016 season but last week his federation gave him a vote of
confidence despite a record of eight defeats in 12 Tests that year.
White is scheduled to quit Montpellier, who are third in the
French top flight, at the end of the current Top 14 campaign in June.
"I would like to be involved in international rugby
again," 53-year-old White told South African TV in an interview recorded
before Coetzee was retained.
"Any guy who has competed at the highest level will
tell you that's where you measure yourself," he said.
"I was lucky enough to have some success. And as a guy
that's been involved in the Boks and more importantly measured in test rugby,
it's something that I'd like to get back into."
White will be replaced by Scotland coach Vern Cotter in
June, just ahead of France's summer Tour of South Africa.