His contract ends at the end of the year and the South African Rugby Union confirmed that their four-man shortlist does not include the man who took over in 2003 and turned a sinking ship into World Champions.

"Jake White did not apply for the position and he was therefore not considered," SARU admitted.

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The Union refused to name the four candidates, saying that they would only do so once the individals were informed.

South Africa beat 2003 champions England 15-6 in Paris on October 20th for their first World Cup win since 1995, when White was also on the coaching staff.

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