Currie Cup

Maties job on White's radar?

2014-09-30 07:31
Jake White (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A top rugby job at Stellenbosch University could well be Jake White's next destination.

According to Die Burger, there is a vacant Head of Rugby position at Maties and White could be the ideal candidate to fill the role.

White shocked the rugby fraternity on Monday when he quit his role as Director of Rugby at the Sharks.

He now has the opportunity to move back to Cape Town, which will bring him closer to his family after a number of years away.

Freddie Ferreira, president of the Maties Rugby Club, confirmed that a new Head of Rugby position is set to be advertised by the university.

While Ferreira said he's had no talks with White regarding the role, Die Burger has heard strong rumours linking White with the position.

"It will be a transparent process to fill the role and interviews will be conducted with all possible candidates," said Ferreira, himself a former Maties and WP scrumhalf.

Ferreira said they advertised the role last year but were unable to find a suitable candidate.

Ferreira said Maties want to become more professional and, like other universities, offer full bursaries to cover student fees and accommodation.

White, a former Springbok coach, left the Sharks after just one season in charge, having led the team to the semi-finals of the Super Rugby competition earlier this year before taking a more advisory role during the Currie Cup campaign, with Brad MacLeod-Henderson taking over the first team coaching duties.

White was also tasked to up skill the young coaches as well as tidy up all rugby structures across the board from the Sharks Academy all the way to the senior team.

"I was offered an exciting challenge in a great rugby city," White told the Sharks website. "I believe we put together some excellent structures under new chief executive John Smit, who was always supportive. I'm closing this chapter in my life as I believe it is the right time to do so. I want to thank and acknowledge the Sharks for my time spent with the team.”

The Sharks said via a statement that "the time is right for Jake to free himself up for any international coaching and consulting opportunities ahead of the tournament in England."

However, rumours have also surfaced that there had been clashes between White and Sharks management as well as the players.

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