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Sharksworld chats exclusively to Jake White at Allianz Park


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Jan 2014 at 12:21
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I was very fortunate to be granted a few minutes with Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White, after the Sharks’ captain’s practice in North London on Friday.

White consented to a recorded interview, so rather than transcribe each word, I’ve instead linked to the audio file below, to allow you all to hear exactly what he had to say.

I asked Jake about his plans for player management in the coming season and while he admitted that he wasn’t likely to pursue the same sort of strict rotation policy that Brendan Venter used in the Currie Cup, nevertheless highlighted the importance of squad depth and ensuring that players were ready to step in when required. Jake obviously learned a huge amount from his stint at the Brumbies and is relishing the opportunity to work with such a large and talented squad in Durban; in particular, he feels that the Chiefs’ bench was a factor that proved instrumental during last year’s Super Rugby final, with the young Brumbies unable to boast equivalent quality across their playing squad.

Jake also says that he is generally happy with the depth at his disposal and is not going to shy away from throwing youngsters into the mix when required, since he has such a good core of experienced players in the side to add balance. This is particularity true in the second row and at scrumhalf, where youngsters within the system will be backed to do the job.

I had to ask a question about loose forwards – and fetchers in particular – and Jake is clearly excited about the depth available to him in this area, citing the need to pick combinations of players that complement each other. The message is that “smaller” loose forwards, like Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes, could definitely have a role to play in the White era, as long as he feels he’s compensated by picking enough bulk in other areas.

You can listen to the interview here.

A big thank you to Novashni Chetty and Mike Ablett from the Sharks for arranging this for us – and of course to Jake White for his time.



39 Comments

  • Great interview Rob. Glad you asked those questions. I’m very keen to see just how Jake manages the players’ workloads and who he will introduce.

    I won’t be surprised if we see one of our young 9′s getting a run.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.14 12:34:20 by StevieS Reply
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  • Thoguht his interview before and after the game with the BBC were also very good.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.14 12:38:44 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 2) : yes. The thing about Jake is that he gives pretty straight-up answers and they make sense.

    Very refreshing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.14 12:41:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • So Jake rates Tera…I’m happy for Tera, I reckon Plum didn’t use him enough.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.14 12:42:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 2) : unfortunately that didn’t broadcast any of the interviews in SA. Did Jake seem happy with the Sharks performance?

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.14 12:48:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Did he say the ref was a prick for awarding that try? hahaha

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.14 13:04:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Rob … hope
    you dont mind if I use this on the Ct Sharks Supporters Club FB page which I administer ??

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.14 13:11:04 by DaveB Reply

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  • We must learn and impart his great experience and enjoy him while we can. He will be gone after the world cup ! See article below.

    Cape Town – During his team’s visit to England to face Saracens, Sharks director of rugby Jake White took the opportunity to remind International rugby of his availability to coach Test rugby.

    WIN: A legendary rugby experience!

    Speaking to the BBC’s website, the former Springbok coach, who led the Boks to victory at the Rugby World Cup in 2007, said he was desperate to coach at international level again.

    White left the Brumbies last year due to missing out on the Wallabies head coaching position and with the 2015 World Cup so close, he seemed to be angling for a position with a northern hemisphere team, should one become vacant after the 2014 Six Nations.

    “I’ve made it quite clear I would love to coach another international team. John Smith (Sharks’ CEO) knows full well my ambition is to coach again at the highest level,” he added.

    “I’d like to coach a team that I feel can win a World Cup. If that means that you’re going to coach in the northern hemisphere, that’s fantastic. If that means you get another crack at your own country that would also be great.

    “I’m never going to be embarrassed about the fact that, as a young guy, I coached national rugby and I enjoyed it. And now I’ve got older I long to get that opportunity again. But one never knows where. If it’s in England, or Wales, then obviously I put my hand up.”

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.14 13:16:30 by Observer Reply

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  • Thanks Rob, really enjoyed the interview! I guess your time with Jake was very limited so you had to pick the most pressing questions. My question regarding Tim Whitehead’s fate has been answered to a degree by the impressive performances of our younger centers this weekend but I was wondering if White or anyone else offered up any further info on Tim?

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.14 13:17:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @DaveB (Comment 7) : no problem, so longs as clear credit is given with a link to Sharksworld.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.14 13:25:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : I didn’t want to get into any sort of accusatory questions about specific players.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.14 13:26:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Deborah Patta would have asked him Rob…haha

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.14 13:33:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : yeah well…. that’s experience for you!

    I thought it was cheeky enough throwing in the fridge comment. He clearly didn’t really enjoy that chirp.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.14 13:38:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Hahaha yes well played there. What was the feeling you got from the Saracens fans? Were they relieved with the win? Did they think a few of their guys put their hands up for a starting spot? Always nice to know what the opposition thought of their team to put your teams performance into context

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.14 13:43:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Fair enough, as mentioned, after seeing the quality of the youngsters it looks like there’s tough competition in the centers, especially at 12. Someone was going to luck out.

    @robdylan (Comment 13) : It was worth it. His answer was insightful :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.14 13:48:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I really hope Jake doesnt play the first choice players into the ground, knowing that he may not be around for too long but wanting to get the best results from the team. Ive become quite a fan of the well managed rotation policy that Brendaon Venter implemented.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.14 14:06:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : I’m afraid I left straight after the game. I was soaked through and my wife was waiting in the car, having given up around the 70-minute mark.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.14 14:24:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Ya that weather turned quickly hey. It was karma after the commentators were bragging how its dry there at the start of the game but Durban was expecting rain…

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.14 14:33:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : they were idiotic to say that…. we all knew it was coming. Any idiot who’d looked at the forecast knew it was coming. Not rocket science :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.14 14:40:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 16) : @vanmartin (Comment 9) : why waist time on a player that was not that significant for the Sharks and none of the heavyweight SR teams Crusaders,Chiefs etc employ this weekly rotation nonsense so why would the Great White

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.14 15:07:37 by benji Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    He was pretty straight-forward.

    Before the game he gave a bit of perspective and a few hints to what was in store.
    After the game he was full of praise for Sarries, the artificial surface and pretty sanguine regarding the loss.
    I think he could see some things gelled and others didn’t and, as is often the case in rugby, the better-drilled side won.

    I think Jake really seemed to have enjoyed the day. Very gracious in defeat and the best interview ive ever seen him give.
    In the past he has sometimes come across as a guy with a chip on his shoulder, but Saturday he seemed unencumbered with any of that.

    It was refreshing and I’d say Jake went up a notch in my estimation.

    Another really out-spoken guy on the day was Gary Gold. Some good insights provided. I’d be curious to know what his relationship is like with JW.
    One of the things he said – “One of the things Jake is reknowned for is big ball carriers. Since 1992 he has been known for that.”
    I’m paraphrasing from memory so that is not a “quote”.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.14 15:07:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    To be fair – despite the downpour the pitch was fine. You wouldnt have been able to say that if it was KP!

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.14 15:08:30 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 21) :

    Thanks.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.14 15:14:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) : Well… Actually the Chiefs do use a rotation policy. One of the primary reasons they have such an experienced and well drilled bench and depth.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.14 15:20:18 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 22) : true enough. But still horrible for the supporters on the open stand :)

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.14 15:34:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) : No one said it has to be on a a weekly basis but the Super series is one hell of a long competition when injuries are sure to play a huge part. From what we have seen the Sharks are shaping up to have a good, big squad with really good back up in many positions. I dont see any harm in making use of them, keeping these guys sharp and happy with getting game time. Player management.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.14 15:42:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 21) : I see he was punting SA joining Europe as opposed to the present set up.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.14 15:46:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 22) : Yeh it looked hundreds and ive long said that artificial pitches are the way forward in Europe. They are needed especially in France and Wales where the pitches are shocking.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.14 15:54:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 26) : Gotta agree with that. Even though I’m a big fan of the rotation system Venter brought to the Sharks, I’m happy with White’s answers.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.01.14 16:05:16 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) :

    They’ll be everywhere in the next 20 years.

    Go look at the NFL for the way froward – very few natural grass turfs remaining.

    With the way the scrums are going, id expect more sides to go artificial.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.01.14 16:44:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) :

    Further to this – being an early adopter is obviously in your favour. You play half your games at home, so half the time you’ll be a lot more used to the surface than your opposition.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.01.14 16:45:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Sorry, hijacking the forum. Just watched UKZN Impi, very impressed. Mitch is doing a great job. Those boys are well drilled.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.01.14 18:41:30 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 32) : Eish to tell us news like this please carry on hiacking,but I would expect nothing less from him

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.01.14 19:58:19 by benji Reply

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  • @benji (Comment 20) : The free time at your diposal for posting comments would be better spent watching some rugby instead.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.01.14 22:36:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) : that was ice cold :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.01.14 22:56:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : 14 out of 36 NFL stadiums are natural grass.

    Artificial turf is great, but has its drawbacks as well. The NFL has documented significant increase in certain injuries on artificial turf. A good idea to work on, but still some way to go. Look at it this way, natural grass is more prevalent than any single type of artificial turf in the NFL. ;-)

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.01.14 06:27:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : I know that came off as harsh but we’re Sharks supporters damn it! We should show at least a little respect towards any player or person that made a meaningful contribution at our union. We’re too quick to write off certain players the moment they hit a slump or struggle with injury (probably because of the depth currently at our disposal).

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.01.14 09:58:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 29). I agree with you.

    I think the interview was cool. One cannot commit to players too far ahead of time. There are so many variables. I think the best team (22 or 23) of each week will be chosen to play each game. That is what Jake White’s intention seems to be.

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.01.14 14:06:20 by denese.newby@gmail.com Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 36) :

    I dont really have an opinion on it either way.
    I just believe this will be the way forward in rugby, especially if it is able to sort out the scrums.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.01.14 20:14:05 by VinChainSaw Reply
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