Jake White offered to take over Wallabies before the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Former Brumbies coach Jake White appealed to Rugby Australia to offer his services as coach Wallabies and talks with RA Raelene Castle on Thursday evening.
White, who is also seen as offering his services to Japan as a substitute for Jamie Joseph after the next World Championships, led South Africa to their World Cup triumph in 2007 and coached in France and Japan since leaving Brumbies in 2013.
His direct access to the castle – and her willingness to talk to him – is the clearest sign that RA is considering taking a step with suspected coach Michael Cheika.
But Fairfax Media also understands that RA currently has Scott Johnson's current rugby director in mind for a similar role to Wallabies under the reworked high-performance model designed to make the test environment more collaborative.
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Asian trainers Cheik Stephen Larkham, Nathan Gray and Simon Raiwalui are under pressure.
Fairfax Media reported on Monday that White and Johnson were chasing Wallabies.
White, who has a contract with the Toyota Verblitz Japanese club, lost to Ewen McKenzie in the race to replace Robbie Deans when New Zealander resigned after losing the series in 2013 to the British and Irish lions. In a similar form to Cheik, White is seen as a coach who gets quick results with weaker results. He led the Republic of South Africa to win their World Cup in 2007 after a coaching line that included Eddie Jones as a technical advisor.
Johnson, who worked with trainer Gregor Townsend in recent years to become a small test country in six-nation and world championships, has been linked to a proposal back to Australia for some time. Former captain of New South Wales, who spent the last 12 years overseas, was RA targeting Queensland, but he seemed to have decided for something bigger.