Jake’s legacy goes online

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news on 23 Jul 2008 at 15:54

Cup winning Springbok coach Jake White says he would rather be remembered as a rugby man than as a coach – and he has taken the first step in leaving a legacy that could have a huge impact on rugby in South Africa.

In conjunction with Richmark Holdings (Pty) Limited, of which he is the Marketing Director, the official launching of the Jake White blog and Youtube Channel was announced on Wednesday.With Youtube being the leading online video community in the world, the blog and channel have as its aim the furthering of White’s achievements.

More importantly, White feels it can be of benefit to the rugby community at large, in South Africa and overseas.

“The venture will give me the opportunity to stay in rugby and share some views,” he said at the launch.

“I can, for example, assist with coaching at all levels by sending out drills. Take the top 100 schools in South Africa, for example. I will be able to receive and send on their videos and highlight moves or mistakes in those videos.

‘Share my thoughts’

“I will be able to add to the game generally and give back to rugby by showing highlights, giving feedback and adding value to the people and coaches in South Africa -and elsewhere – in terms of rugby.

“The biggest thing, I think, is the opportunity to share my thoughts and those of others with coaches.”

White says he has come to realise that he won’t be able to keep everyone happy. “I encourage opinions. That way, I can at least comment,” he said.

“I want this thing to be a positive about rugby. There are too many negative things in the game in South Africa.

“This can become massive. Rugby is a global game, and the whole world wants to know what’s happening.”


On the current Tri-Nations series, White said that the Springboks should have an excellent chance to win the competition this year. “We’ve won one overseas, and also have a nucleus of players where all the forwards have played 50 matches or more or are closing in on their half-centuries.”

He would not comment on the Boks’ performances to date other than to say that he would never have left out Percy Montgomery for the Test against Australia last weekend.

“Even if he is not regarded as the best, his input, just having him around in the change room, is a massive plus.”

White said that the future of rugby in South Africa looked sound with virtually all the active World Cup winners still young enough to play in the 2011 World Cup. “That is a huge plus,” he feels.


  • Has the site actually been launched? Can’t find a link in any of the aricles on various sites & google comes up empty handed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.08 17:33:25 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) :

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.08 17:38:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Thanks, just found it. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.08 17:39:38 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Not very up to date though. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.08 17:40:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) : πŸ™‚

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.08 17:45:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nowhere near as exciting as Sharksworld!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.07.08 17:48:02 by hellbent Reply

  • @hellbent (Comment 6) : yeah baby!

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.08 17:57:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat… was Percy not injured?

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.07.08 18:13:02 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Madness…

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.07.08 18:14:53 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Pity PDV doesn’t do video analysis… JW could have helped… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.07.08 18:15:55 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • ❓

    will be interesting to read what Jake says.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.07.08 18:35:17 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 11) :

    And how much it costs… great idea all the same if it can benefit Saffa rugga at schoolboy level particularly…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.07.08 18:38:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 12) :

    I am not very impressed by the site. I would think that richmark holdings would fork out a bit and have the site designed by pro’s though,

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.07.08 18:48:05 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Sit back and wait for the White bashing to begin…

    Its good to see him giving back to SA Rugby and not entirely lost.

    I agree KSA although its early days I’m sure that the site will get a overhaul once they see the interest in it.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.07.08 18:58:05 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 14) :

    I agree the bashing bit. Some people only need the smallest reason.

    If Jake Does this right it could take off BIG TIME.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.07.08 19:01:03 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • very little (if any) New news about πŸ™

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.07.08 20:36:27 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Who is Jake White? πŸ™„

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.07.08 20:42:18 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    one of my Heroes. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.07.08 20:50:13 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    oh and he has a GREAT book out. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.07.08 20:51:31 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Shaddap

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.07.08 20:54:18 by wpw Reply
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    I am watching the SA v Aus match on Showsports2 😎 πŸ™

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.07.08 21:03:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • blerrie skermunkels…

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.07.08 21:11:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi peeps!

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.07.08 21:15:45 by Nessa Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 20) :
    Dont talk with your mouth full.

    @Nessa (Comment 23) :
    Hello Nessa, lost Queen of the Sharks!

    @robdylan (Comment 22) :
    Dying to hear more about your hangover Roberto! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.07.08 21:21:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) :

    Don’t do it KSA..its not worth putting yourself through it πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.07.08 21:21:57 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • wow – busy night here.

    Hello Ness.

    I like my new friend! She’s fun…

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.07.08 21:22:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : it’s almost time to go start on another one, Fishsticks

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.07.08 21:23:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) :

    Hi BF. What happened to your Jhb trip?

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.07.08 21:24:03 by Nessa Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    She is hey Rob? Janine and I always meet up with her when we are in Durbs – she is a real sweetie.

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.07.08 21:25:19 by Nessa Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 25) : dude – where are you going when you leave eyerack?

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.07.08 21:25:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ooooh I, I love the nightlife
    I got to boogie
    On the disco ’round, oh yea
    Oh, I love the night life
    I got to boogie on the disco ’round, oh yea

    @robdylan (Comment 27) :
    Whats brought on this sudden wet spell? Aren’t you just a bit young for a mid-life crisis (despite appearances)?

    @Nessa (Comment 28) :
    Over-committed at the moment I am afraid – was supposed to be down last week, but instead been subjected to the droning of some Indian software dude over in California via daily teleconference.

    I keep wanting to ask him for an extra roti with my order… 😳 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.07.08 21:26:41 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Nessa (Comment 29) : so am I – that must be why we get on

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.07.08 21:27:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 31) : I’m in the US this week

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.07.08 21:27:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 31) :

    LOL – don’t work too hard. Let me know when you will be here again.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.07.08 21:29:02 by Nessa Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :

    πŸ˜€ That makes 3 of us. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.07.08 21:29:49 by Nessa Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :
    Any chance of you dropping by San Ramon and putting someone out ofd my misery? 😈

    I’m trying to calm down in the evenings lately. Have put away my upbeat stuff – listening to Cat Stevens and Don Williams lately.

    Man, I would be sooo dead if any of my buddies knew I listened to the occasional country choon. 😳

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.07.08 21:30:23 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Nessa (Comment 35) : of course πŸ˜‰

    @Big Fish (Comment 36) : where’s San Ramon?

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.07.08 21:32:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :
    Sweet like a lemon.

    Beautiful as a warthog.

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.07.08 21:32:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Okay guys – that’s me for the night. Chat tomorrow!

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.07.08 21:33:31 by Nessa Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :
    Its in Cali.

    California…knows how to party
    California…knows how to party
    In the citaaay of L.A.
    In the citaaay of good ol’ Watts
    In the citaaay, the city of Compton
    We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.07.08 21:34:11 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Nessa (Comment 39) :
    Really great to run into you again Mrs R. Have yourself a superb evening!

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.07.08 21:35:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • ok – I’m off siteseeing

    Later guys

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.07.08 21:37:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wat de hell gat hie aan?

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.07.08 21:37:05 by wpw Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 41) :

    Thanks BF – logged on quickly just to say hi because I noticed you have been on line in the evenings.

    Just sitting here listening to Waz in the other room with his earphones on playing some or other game with his pals – just when I thought he was growing up!

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.07.08 21:37:36 by Nessa Reply

  • @Nessa (Comment 44) :
    Really sweet of you! πŸ˜€

    I hope we will get to chat more in the evenings – hopefully with more positive things to say about the Sharks too.

    @wpw (Comment 43) :
    Big W – finish your dinner already? πŸ˜›

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.07.08 21:46:21 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Seems like the EU is looking at changing the Kolpak rules – from CricInfo:

    EU ruling could spell end to Kolpaks

    Cricinfo staff

    July 22, 2008

    The number of Kolpak players in county cricket could be set for a drastic reduction after the European Union decided on a new interpretation of the employment law that has brought about a huge influx of players from South Africa and the Caribbean.

    Under the rules of the Cotonou Treaty, free trade exists between the European Community and many African, Pacific and Caribbean countries, and in 2004, the Czech handball player, Maros Kolpak, won a ruling from the European Court of Justice which allowed him to play professionally in Germany without be classed as a foreigner.

    That set a precedent that has had a major impact on English cricket, with players such as Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld and Omari Banks choosing to ply their trade in England rather than seek international honours for South Africa or West Indies.

    A similar situation exists in French rugby union, which has up to 150 South Africans on its books, and as a result, a campaign was launched by the Central Council of Physical Recreation. It has resulted in the EU, under French presidency, ruling that the Cotonou Treaty was designed for the free trade of goods and services and should not be regarded as free movement of labour.

    It promises to be a significant development in the ECB’s battle to reduce the number of Kolpak players in county cricket, and a spokesman said: “The ECB have noted the recent developments and are looking at the possible implications of that.”

    One possible upshot would be for existing Kolpak players to be permitted to complete their existing contracts, but for future signings to be regarded as overseas players.

    Original article here:

    This could have interesting consequences, though I suspect it will impact the journeymen playing in Europe more than the top players.

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.07.08 22:33:33 by MysticShark Reply
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