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South Africa’s World Cup-winning coach Jake White has held talks with the British & Irish Lions about working on next year’s tour of South Africa.


White led South Africa from 2004 to the end of 2007 after they had won the Rugby World Cup in France. Following the triumph his contract was not renewed and has been out of rugby since.


He will however coach the Barbarians against Australia in December and held talks last week with Lions head coach about working as a consultant for the Lions in much the same way that Eddie Jones worked with South Africa.


White has also reportedly held talks with Wasps and Saracens who are coached by McGeechan and Eddie Jones.


White told The Times of South Africa: “I’ve made it clear to McGeechan that I’m actively in the market for a job in rugby and I believe I can add value.”


He added: “But it’s up to him and the Lions organisation to decide if they need me.


“It’s something I would consider. Rugby is a professional game and if there are no opportunities that suit me in South Africa, I might look at some other options.”


White’s agent Craig Livingstone told BBC Sport that he could start working for Saracens on a short-term contract as early as next month.


If White took a role with Saracens it would allow him to work with the Lions in the summer.


“Saracens have offered me a contract to work there for a week or two and McGeechan, at Wasps, has offered me a similar deal,” White said.


“Now I’m suddenly faced with a choice, which was something I didn’t have, or didn’t seek, for almost a year.


“I made it clear to South African rugby that I wanted to be involved in helping them because I feel I have a lot to give back to rugby.


“But they haven’t expressed an interest in using me, so I have to look at my options.”

 

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