Jake chooses Sarries

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 4 Dec 2008 at 11:08
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South Africa’s World Cup-winning coach Jake White has turned his back on a French job offer and will once again link up with his confidant and close friend Eddie Jones in the new year – after agreeing to take on a fresh consultancy role with English side Saracens.


Jones, who took Australia to the 2003 World Cup Final and was a technical advisor on White’s panel during the Springboks’ victorious march to winning the Webb Ellis Cup in France last year, is now the director of rugby at ‘Sarries.

He first brought in White to assist on defence ahead of last weekend’s 23-6 Guinness Premiership win over Worcester.

Jones was previously brought in as a consultant by White during the Springboks march to World Cup glory last year.

And the duo were back in harness, with White the senior partner, as coaches of the Barbarians side that was beaten 18-11 by Australia at Wembley on Wednesday.

Mourad Boudjellal, the eccentric President of the newly promoted French Top 14 club Toulon, has also been negotiating to sign White on a long-term contract.

White will head to Toulon for a three-week stint later this week, for what has been described as an entrΓ©e – as Boudjellal attempts to thrash out a long-term deal.

However, Jones appears to have won the race for the signature of his close friend, White.

“I will be back at Saracens for a week in January and a week in February,” said White, who has become Rugby Union’s answer to a ‘gun for hire,’ since stepping down from his South African post after the World Cup.

“I am consulting to Saracens to help Eddie. It is a new voice. It is a tough competition in the northern hemisphere and it is nice to have a new voice, some new ideas,” he also told reporters after Wednesday’s match.

“I am just glad I can add some value to a club like Saracens for Eddie.”

Jones added: “We obviously get on well and we complement each other in the way we do things.

“He will have a look on what we are doing and seeing where we can improve. He worked specifically on our defence last week but it could be in other areas. It is about adding value to our team.”


  • Here come the bride…all dressed in White…

    Why don’t they just tie the knot? 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.12.08 11:14:07 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
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  • Jake choses Sarries :cough: Rob :cough:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.12.08 11:20:58 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : ah crap! Sorry.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.12.08 11:27:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jones added: β€œWe obviously get on well and we complement each other in the way we do things… Say no more 😐

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.12.08 11:50:59 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : they both like to mouth off in the press…

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.12.08 12:15:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • So this means Jake is going to come up against the former Meyer of Tswane.

    That should be interesting… 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.12.08 13:13:08 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : very πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.12.08 13:17:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • incorrect decision by White imo…should have taken the French connection..sun,sea, chicks…oh and a blank cheque book to build a rugby team…silly man…I guess Eddie must give good …. 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.12.08 11:16:01 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 8) : ha ha!

    Toulon is in a lovely part of the world, but from a rugby point of view, it’s a disaster

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.12.08 11:23:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • 2 weeks? That’s hardly a full time job.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.12.08 11:26:56 by McLovin Reply

  • So he’s goint to spend 3 weeks at Toulon & two at Sarries. Seems to me like he hasn’t made up his mind yet.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.12.08 11:28:15 by McLovin Reply


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