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    Aussies shocked by Jake exit

    2013-09-25 16:00
    Sydney - Australians are shocked following the news that former Springbok coach Jake White quit his job as coach of the Brumbies, a mere two months after leading the team to the Super Rugby final.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald's website, the Brumbies bowed to White's demands they release him from the last two years of his contract, with White citing his lack of desire to coach the team as an overriding reason for his resignation.

    Pundits have installed assistant coaches Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher as the initial favourites to replace White as the Brumbies now go in search for a new coach.

    White also revealed that his disappointment at missing out on the Wallabies coaching job after former coach, Robbie Deans was relieved of his duties and subsequently replaced by former Reds coach, Ewen McKenzie.

    The Brumbies have said that they hope to replace White within the next fortnight in time for pre-season preparations.

    White, currently in South Africa, approached Brumbies management last week and requested to be released, citing personal reasons.

    Brumbies chief executive Fagan and Brumbies captain Ben Mowen tried to pursuade White to retract his request and coax him into coming back to Australia, but the World Cup-winning coach with the Springboks already had his mind made up about staying.

    The Springboks take on the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday, and with White in attendance, Australian media house, Fairfax media, reckons that White may probably make his stay in the Cape a longer one as they have him linked with a job at the Stormers for next season's Super Rugby competition.

    The Sharks are also said to be linked with a move for White, with his former Springbok captain, John Smit, now CEO of the franchise, eager to rekindle their relationship.

    The ARU overlooked White's World Cup-winning credentials to instead appoint McKenzie as the new Wallabies coach because of his vision to play "the Australian way", a reference to attacking rugby.

    It's understood White met with Brumbies captain Ben Mowen in Cape Town on Wednesday to inform him of his decision.

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