White confirms coaching line-up

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Nov 2013 at 10:58
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In an interview with the Sharks website, new Director of Rugby Jake White has laid out how the available duties will be divided between his various assistant coaches.

New coach Paul Anthony, who led the Bulls under 19 side to another trophy this year, has been appointed forwards coach, with the man who fulfilled that role during the Currie Cup, Brad Macleod-Henderson, concentrating on technical analysis, breakdown work and individual skills. Sean Everitt will continue as backline coach, while White himself will focus on defence, while also overseeing the entire coaching system.

White has also confirmed that additional specialist coaches may be brought in as and when required, to up-skill the team he has in place. Kicking, line-outs and scrums are just some of the areas White has mentioned that may need additional emphasis.

The coach has also, unequivocally told the players what their goal for the coming season is: “I have told them they are going to win Super Rugby”.

Meanwhile, in another interview given to Sbu Mjikeliso from Sport Live, White has confirmed in no uncertain terms that he sees Pat Lambie as a flyhalf – and only a flyhalf.

“Pat Lambie is going to play at No 10, that’s it,” White told the website. “He is not going to play anywhere else for the Sharks except at flyhalf.”


  • can we knight this man already?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.11.13 11:05:15 by Uli Reply
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  • I have always liked the way Jake does things. I haven’t always agreed with his player choices, but never felt he was sending a confusing message. It was always clear what his plan was with the Boks even when people didn’t always agree with the way he did things and the players he chose.

    Having him coach the Sharks is like a dream come true for me. Seriously, I never thought this would actually happen. I rate him as the best coach in world rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.11.13 11:08:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • Good guy White!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.11.13 11:12:17 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Any news on the Captain for 2014?

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.11.13 11:15:37 by Uli Reply
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  • Does it mean BMH has been sidelined?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.11.13 11:27:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : It does seem as though his role has been somewhat diminished

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.11.13 11:31:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Great stuff. This IS a dream come true. Jake White – it hasn’t sunk in yet!!! I can’t wait! My heart is pounding already! Come Super Rugby 2014 and GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.11.13 11:49:29 by [email protected] Reply

  • Was’nt Anthony originally brought in as someone that would take control of the age group squads?

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.11.13 11:50:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : no. That was widely assumed, but never stated by anyone at the Sharks.

    To my mind, anyway, it’s always been clear that Anthony would play a role with the senior side.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.11.13 11:55:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : I think Venter did a good job of empowering him during the Currie Cup, but that doesn’t mean he’s absolutely ready for the same role in Super Rugby. I believe in the philosophy that if you give someone responsibility they rise to it, but I think this role could be good for him.

    Very glad to hear Jake’s views on Lambie, that’s a huge relief. Someone needed to be decisive, and it seems as though Jake has.

    It will be cool to see the likes of John Mitchell floating in and out of the setup as and when needed…

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.11.13 11:58:12 by MerckZ Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thanks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.11.13 11:59:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I am very interested to see who is going to be captain in 2014. I don’t think it will be Keegan. Thoughts?

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.11.13 12:04:02 by Bite me Reply

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  • HERE we GO!!! Cant wait for SR!!! But then again that’s what I thought this year….
    We should be winning this thing all the time with our squad!

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.11.13 12:04:43 by R Hayward Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 10) : where is carlos spencer?

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.11.13 12:06:28 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @Bite me (Comment 12) : Who would be your choice? I haven’t got a clue who I’d pick.

    @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 14) : Interesting question. Rob?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.11.13 12:11:00 by MerckZ Reply

  • Great. It’s down to business and no nonsense business at last.HM got told off there with Mr.Lambie’s future. A season of Super Rugby at 10 and he’ll be as polished as he need to be for the Boks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.11.13 12:12:37 by Caratacus Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 15) : Bismarck will be captain. That’s where my money is.

    He has 90% of the squad anyway.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.11.13 12:12:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Do you think that means the 10% who aren’t on board the Bismarck, so to speak, will be unceremoniously sunk, like HMS Hood?

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.11.13 12:19:23 by MerckZ Reply

  • Looking at the currie cup final – Bismark is already the captain

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.11.13 12:45:01 by byron Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 18) : we’ll see…

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.11.13 12:46:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 15) : Should be Bissie. I hope it will keep his brainfarts in check. He seems like the other guys will follow him in battle. My other candidate is Jacques Botes but I don’t see him as a starter next year, same with Keegan. PSdT is still too young but I remember Jake causing controvercy when he selected Ben Mowan at the Brumbies and it worked out well.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.11.13 13:10:51 by Bite me Reply

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  • What about the defense coach we got from the Kings?

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.11.13 13:12:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I like what BMH and brendon Venter and co did with the team… Hope some of that carries over to the white era and he doesn’t fix things that aren’t broken…

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.11.13 13:18:57 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I also think Bismarck will be Captain of the Sharks. I think he should be Springbok Captain too ( When JDV is no longer part of the plans.)

    I’m also ecstatic that Jake is so adamant that Lambie will be No 10 AND ONLY No 10. That was a huge message to HM!

    If Bismarck is Captain that will be another message for HM.

    I miss Plum – but I must say, things truly seem to picking up in the right direction!

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.11.13 13:22:07 by [email protected] Reply

  • @[email protected] (Comment 24) : Who was Plum? 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.11.13 13:23:50 by Bite me Reply

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  • Rob, any idea who the players are that have made the initial squad of 39 players, mentioned in the Sport Live article?

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.11.13 13:24:26 by Bump Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : Jim Fleming? Hard to work out whether he’s a physio or a defence coach, TBH. I’m sure he’ll have a role to play working with Jake.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.11.13 13:27:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 26) : yes, I have a very good idea, but I don’t have permission to release the squad.

    Very few surprises…

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.11.13 13:27:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • All I read was additional coaching for kicking…

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.11.13 13:41:22 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @[email protected] (Comment 24) : Heh. I’m not sure HM needs an additional message. When Bismarck is on the field he is clearly in charge of the forwards. Against Wales when ever there was a break he was the one talking and the rest were listening.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.11.13 13:41:36 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Great statement of intent by Jake! I hope the culture and structures that Venter brought in does not get pushed to the side. Suspect that Smit won’t let that happen though.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.11.13 13:43:56 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 13) : know what u mean…..we say it every year…..why should this year be different. If sharks wonna win the s15 they first need to get a flyhalf!

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.11.13 13:44:36 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Bosvark is our nr1 hooker!! But strauss’s captaincy is the one thing that keeps him in the running…..if jdv gets injured strauss name always comes up. Jake can stop that talk by making bissie captain!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.11.13 13:57:31 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Yes, that’s him. Our defense improved big time during the CC. We even started seeing big hits again, just also great to see guys getting on their feet quickly after making a tackle to ensure that the holes were closed. He also did a great job with the Kings’ defense.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.11.13 14:35:36 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • To be honest I’m glad Lambie has a sure future in the 10 jersey. However, if need be, I wouldn’t mind seeing him at 12 again (not permanently). He was great there against the Bulls in SR.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.11.13 15:56:45 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 35) : ja sure and never,with The Great White leading the feeding frenzy only one ,the best 12 in the world, will play at 12 period

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.11.13 17:05:34 by benji Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : James Fleming is a Physio

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.11.13 14:06:15 by Ludz Reply


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