Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Jake
White is being linked as a possible successor to France coach Philippe
Saint-Andre, who has won only 15 of 37
Tests in charge of France, will step down after this year’s Rugby World Cup in
England and Wales.
According to Britain’s Telegraph, there is
no shortage of top coaches eager to replace him, with White and former England
coach Clive Woodward believed to be in the running.
Woodward, England's 2003 World Cup winning
mentor, has reportedly been involved in discussions with French bosses and it is
alleged as many as 66 names were presented and they have been whittled down to
a shortlist of eight.
Others are Toulouse head coach Guy Noves, the
strong favourite for the job, and former France captain and current
Bordeaux-Begles coach Raphael Ibanez, Grenoble's Fabrice Landreau, as well as Fabien
Galthie, who was replaced by White as Montpellier coach.
White, who led the Springboks to World Cup
glory in 2007, has been Montpellier’s coach since late last year.
An official announcement is expected to be
made next month.