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Saru dismisses White’s possible return, BUT…

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 27 Aug 2008 at 20:21

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) poured cold water on suggestions that Jake White, who coached the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup title, could return as a director of rugby.

SuperRugby reports that White told Wednesday’s edition of Die Burger, a Cape Town-based Afrikaans newspaper, that he wanted “to be director of rugby in South Africa”.

However, Saru president Oregan Hoskins said on Wednesday that the post did not exist and there had been no discussions with White.

“We have had no discussions with Jake White on the subject and, in fact, the principle of a director of rugby post will only be reviewed by the president’s council on Friday,” Hoskins said.

White’s successor as Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, is under fire as his team have lost four of their five Tri-nations matches, including unprecedented successive home losses to New Zealand and Australia.

White told Die Burger that he was not interested in becoming the head coach again but that he would like to help in the background.

“I want to become director of rugby,” White said. “I don’t want to be in the limelight and I’m also not looking for the pressures that go with it. I’ve had my turn. All that I would like to do is help. That’s what I have always wanted to do.”

De Villiers can take heart from Hoskins’s statement on Monday that “De Villiers, his management team and playing squad have my unequivocal backing and that of the South African Rugby Union president’s council and of the board of SA Rugby.”

After South Africa’s 27-15 loss to Australia in Durban last weekend, De Villiers, captain Victor Matfield and the players were booed by the crowd.

De Villiers took over from White, who was not reappointed after he did not reapply for his position following the World Cup triumph, in January and has a four-year contract as head coach.


  • Okay I added the But into the headline myself.

    We have had no discussions with Jake White on the subject and, in fact, the principle of a director of rugby post will only be reviewed by the president’s council on Friday,” Hoskins said.

    Am I just being my old cynical self again? Why are they discussing the position on Friday?

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.08 20:25:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Your cynical. Jake cannot help that he knows about the job before it even existed. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.08 21:25:08 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • You’re 😳

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.08 21:25:46 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) :

    Am I? 😉

    Green light for rugby director?
    27/08/2008 22:03 – (SA)

    Die Burger
    Stephen Nell

    Cape Town – Less than 24 hours after Jake White had made himself available as South African director of rugby, the SA Rugby Union confirmed on Wednesday that the position would be discussed on Friday

    “It’s on the agenda,” (of a president’s council meeting) Saru president Organ Hoskins said on Wednesday. “But is does not mean we will make anyone an offer.

    White’s agent contacted Hoskins three weeks ago to offer the former Springbok coach’s services as director of rugby.

    I told him it was not possible at the time because there was no certainty that there would be such a position,” Hoskins said.

    Even if the Saru officials decide to create such a position it would require a mind shift to welcome White back into the ranks.

    White and Saru’s president’s council were often at loggerheads during his term as national coach.

    Former Western Province coach Alan Zondagh has also thrown his name into the hat.

    Zondagh, who runs the rugby academy near Riebeek West, assisted White briefly with the Springboks’ attacking game during 2006.

    Willing to work hard

    The merits of a position for a director of rugby would depend on the job description, Zondagh said on Wednesday

    “If it’s someone who is willing to work hard it will be meaningful. We need someone who can equip elite players and coaches with knowledge.

    “If a coach is struggling with defence, for example, who does he call to help him?

    Zondagh feels there is far too much panicking over South Africa’s Tri-Nations performances this year. The source of the problems should not be sought with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, he said.

    “The problem in South Africa is the way we play in contact situations. That’s not Peter’s problem. Our ball carriers never dominate the contact situation.

    “Take a look at Bismark du Plessis. He is a big guy but he will lose the ball eight out of ten times in contact

    “If you could solve that problem you won’t have to send five guys to the contact point,” Zondagh said.

    “We’re making a mountain out of a molehill. These are small problems that can be easily solved.

    “Peter is correct in saying we should not be afraid to play with the ball. The two tries the Springboks scored against the Wallabies last week came easily when the ball was moved wide at the right time.

    “Peter wants the Springboks to become a dangerous team. They’ll get better if they continue to play with the ball.”

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.08 22:58:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : No you are not, it was said tongue in cheek. 😈

    Man, there are such a lot of idiocy in this piece that I think I will refrain from further comments. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.08 05:13:24 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Take a look at Bismark du Plessis. He is a big guy but he will lose the ball eight out of ten times in contact 😯 😯

    I hope he has stats to back that up? 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.08 07:02:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : And someone willing to work hard?? Gee, I would think that should not be up for discussion.

    He does make a valid statement every now and then. 👿

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.08 07:23:35 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox

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