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De Villiers’s job at risk – White


Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news on 13 Feb 2008 at 14:37
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Having seemingly shrugged off the controversy that dogged him during his four years as Springbok Rugby coach, an almost jubilant Jake White has predicted that new coach Peter de Villiers could soon lose his job because of the politics that is rife within the game.

In a forthright speech in Durban on Tuesday night, White said rugby lovers, and De Villiers, could look forward to increasing interference in the sport as politics and racial quotas are put before the game.

Speaking to a large gathering of attorneys and high-profile personalities at the Livingston Leandy Inc corporate function, White dissected his four years as coach, while also giving a rare glimpse into the World Cup victory that thrilled the nation.

According to White, his career in rugby had humble beginnings, having not won rugby colours at his primary school, Jeppe.

“My maths teacher once told me that the quicker I realise there is no money in sport, the better,” White quipped.

But his years as Bok coach appeared to have scarred White, who said the “bad times were so bad” that he would never consider coaching again.

“I would not mind being involved in the sport and helping out but I could not see myself coaching a team like the British Lions.”

And although supportive of de Villiers, he said de Villiers had stepped into the coaching job without the backing of nine rugby board members, who had not supported his appointment from the outset.

All it would take is one upset and a subtle shift in support from the board and de Villiers could find himself without a job, White said.

“People don’t realise how difficult it is to coach a team in South Africa. I mean, 2006 was a year from hell for me. SA Rugby was really phenomenal in promoting my book, because every time I ran out of things to say they would help me add a chapter,” White said sarcastically.

Folly

Speaking of the race quotas that are being pushed for, White said it would be folly to simply place players in playing positions if they were not ready for the tough world of international rugby.

Giving full credit to team captain John Smit for leading a team that was already so culturally diverse, White predicted dismal times ahead if careful thought was not given to selection.

“No matter what colour he was, every player had a job to do. And often people above me did not understand that it would be unfair to put a player in a position that he is not comfortable in.

“It’s easy from the outside to say what should be happening on the inside, but if we expose some kid and he is not ready, they (international players) are going to eat him alive,” White said.



16 Comments

  • Dont know why he continues to take potshots.

    Sounds like a very bitter person.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.08 14:39:11 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Yeah – he’s become a “quote onna-stick”… A bit Ironic, considering how he berated former Boks for doing the same thing to him in his book

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.08 14:40:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • By the sounds of things Jake is anyway going looney.

    Either that or he cannot remember the stories he tells all and sundry and doesnt bother to align him.

    Allow me to quote from the article above:
    “I would not mind being involved in the sport and helping out but I could not see myself coaching a team like the British Lions.”

    Now please reference this BBC article published not even two weeks ago.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A31904219
    Former South Africa coach Jake White has told the BBC he would be interested in coaching the Lions next year against the world champions.

    White, who left his job after guiding the Springboks to World Cup success, says he has not been approached about it specifically but it is something he would be interested in.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.08 14:42:18 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Rob, Jake has always been a walking hyporcite.

    So its all in character I suppose.

    And just when I wa starting to like him again… ai.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.08 14:43:22 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • It just irriatates me a bit the glee that he seemingly takes in making such predictions of doom and gloom.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.08 14:45:19 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Vince I never liked Jake and never will…but I must give credit where it is due. he did won the world cup for the Springbok supporters. grrrrr!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.08 14:55:09 by Reds Reply

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  • yeah… he’s a bit of a loose cannon, all right. Must be the Jeppe connexion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.08 14:55:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja he did reds.

    But arguably Brian Ashton and Bernard Laporte gave him a huge helping hand.

    Its unfortuante that he ended up being the man to win it because it means we’ll be hearing his bitter/incoherent views for who knows how much longer.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.08 14:57:59 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Oh, so he would not like to coach the British Lions, but Eddie Jones helped him with the Boks… :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.08 15:24:50 by Charlie Reply

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  • Geez guys, not three months ago you were all cheering the guy, now you are dissing him. I always like to look at a blokes achievements and his ability to handle fame, and that makes for Greatness, and I agree Mr White does not cover himself in glory, I don’t think he is not the quickest lad, when it comes to thinking and has an amazing ability to put his foot in it, but he won the world cup, maybe with Eddie’s help, but he was the person who brought Eddie in and also the bloke who stuck to a team and you can say what you like he won the world cup. But he will never be a legend, because of his bitterness.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.08 15:58:24 by Whindy Reply
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  • sorry the grammer was shocking in that one sentence “don’t think he is the quickest lad

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.08 15:59:50 by Whindy Reply
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  • hey Whindy

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.08 16:16:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Whindy, I’m not taking his achievements lightly.
    He has done fantastically well.

    I just think its about time he stopped this crusade he has against SA Rugby.

    If he doesnt want to be involved anymroe then rather shut it and move on.

    His bitching and whining serves no positive cause.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.08 16:19:28 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Vincent, and SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd serves a positve cause?

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.02.08 16:24:21 by hellbent Reply

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  • His bitching and whining serves no positive cause.

    02.13.08 16:19:28 – VinceChainSaw Edit

    Skopskiet????………. Is That you??????

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.02.08 16:27:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go to bed, KSA!

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.02.08 16:32:24 by robdylan Reply
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