Well-respected coach moves back home after dumping the ACT Brumbies.
World Cup-winning coach Jake White was Monday named director of rugby at Super 15 side Coastal Sharks.
The announcement ended weeks of media speculation after White quit Australian outfit ACT Brumbies halfway through a four-year contract.
White transformed a struggling Canberra team as they just missed the 2012 Super 15 play-offs and reached the final this year.
His four years at the helm of the Springboks ended triumphantly in 2007 when they defeated England 15-6 in Paris to lift the World Cup.
But his contract was not renewed amid strained relations with some officials and Peter de Villiers became the first black coach of the national team.
“Jake is an experienced coach whose track record speaks volumes about his ability to rally his team and get the best out of them,” said Sharks chief executive John Smit.
Smit was hooker and skipper of the World Cup-winning team and retired two years ago after winning a record 111 Springbok caps.
The arrival of White means a second changing of Sharks’ coaching team within months after Brendan Venter was named director of rugby in mid-year.
Former Springbok centre Venter succeeded New Zealander John Plumtree, who was fired after a string of Super 15 losses.