Jake 'will' be Brumbies coach
Cape Town - Former World Cup-winning coach Jake White will be given the task of rebuilding the Brumbies next year and beyond, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Brumbies will pin their hopes of re-establishing themselves as a Super Rugby force by offering White the top job. It is understood that while no contract has been finalised, White was the clear standout candidate interviewed to take over the Brumbies' coaching reins.
White was one of four hopefuls shortlisted.
Contrary to reports, caretaker coach Tony Rea was on the shortlist and was seriously considered as a permanent replacement after Andy Friend was sacked in February.
However, it is believed White's credentials - which include leading South Africa to a World Cup triumph in 2007 - made his application too hard to turn down.
The Herald understands Rea has been told the Brumbies want to appoint White. Rea - who joined the Brumbies as a specialist defence coach in 2009 - will likely leave Canberra at the end of the season.
The Brumbies are expected to announce their new head coach this week before the team plays the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Club chief executive Andrew Fagan, former players Joe Roff and Pat Howard and Canberra businessman John Mackay comprised the panel which decided who would coach the Brumbies next season.
''We do hope to finalise [who will be the new coach] by the end of the week,'' Fagan said. ''Once we've made that final decision, we will announce it … We need to feel very confident about such an important decision.''
White has long held an interest in the Brumbies' game style. He was one of the first candidates to contact the club and state his intention to end the Brumbies' finals drought.
Former Wallabies and Brumbies coach Eddie Jones has endorsed White as the right man to take over from Friend, who was axed after just two games this season after his relationship with senior Brumbies players deteriorated.