Jake to become Sharks coach

2013-09-26 07:39
Jake White (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Jake White will return to South African rugby as Director of Coaching at the Sharks, a report on Die Burger's website indicates.

White, 50, shocked the Australian rugby fraternity when he quit his role as Brumbies coach on Wednesday.

The former Springbok coach requested a release from the last two years of his contract at the Brumbies, citing disappointment over missing out on the position as Wallabies coach to Ewen McKenzie.

Brendan Venter was recently appointed as Sharks Director of Coaching, but is likely to stay on as a consultant to the union, similar to the role he still performs with English club Saracens.

White joining the Sharks won't come as a big surprise to many though, as he has a good relationship with CEO John Smit, who was Springbok captain when White coached the Boks to the 2007 World Cup title.

White's resignation fuelled rumours that he may join Western Province after he was spotted at a training session at Newlands earlier this month.

However, WP were quick to deny the rumours on Wednesday.

WP Rugby CEO Rob Wagner told the Rugby365 website that White's resignation at the Brumbies was also news to them and that they haven't had any talks with White.

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