Brumbies to interview White

2011-04-04 13:05

Canberra - South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White has applied and will be interviewed for the head coaching job at Australia's Brumbies Super Rugby team, officials said on Monday.

Tony Rea was installed as interim head coach of the two-time Super Rugby champions following last month's sacking of Andy Friend just two games into the season, after reports of a bust-up with players.

Brumbies chief Andrew Fagan denied reports White already had the job, but confirmed that the former Springbok coach had applied and would be interviewed by a panel within the next fortnight.

White led South Africa to the 2007 World Cup and 2004 Tri-Nations crowns, but Fagan denied that the Brumbies job was already his for the asking.

"I don't have enough time to waste on running a process for the sake of it, Fagan told reporters.

"I can confirm he has applied and will be interviewed."

White, 48, who had a 67 percent success rate from his 54 internationals as Springboks coach from 2004, stepped down after guiding South Africa to World Cup glory over England in France in 2007.

Former assistant coach Rea's chances of taking over the Brumbies job full-time has subsided following the Canberra-based team's five straight losses this campaign.

Fagan said he himself would be among a four-man panel to interview applicants, along with foundation Brumbies and former Wallabies backs Joe Roff and Pat Howard, and prominent Canberra businessman John Mackay.

The Brumbies, Australia's only successful Super Rugby franchise, with titles in 2001 and 2004, already appear out of the running for this year's play-offs just seven rounds into the extended 18-week season.


  • GILLBERT - 2011-04-04 13:16

    good on him... since south africa is the only country in the world to axe a coach in a semi final of a tournament regardless if he wins the world cup or not.... should have helped coach the kiwis and help them to a world cup this year

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 13:56

      ...Jake White much better coach than PDV.... .....pity Jake is to white....

      Paddy - 2011-04-04 22:49

      Jake White is a plonker and it won’t be long before he picks up sh#t with the Brumbies players. He will start with a bang but they will soon fall apart. White’s ego is much too big to coach in Aus. HE didn’t won the WC the players and Eddie Jones did. Just let him go wherever. Shame yes SA sacked him but nobody else wanted him anyway. He was the idiot who boosted himself and kept a gun to SARU’s head that he has this huge offers...all crap!Please get another photo of him seeing that this one sucks with his red whisky pom nose.

      Paddy - 2011-04-04 22:50

      Yes Johnny and a pity you don't have brains! Let him take Spies and Morne Steyn with him. OMG the Aussies won't give them residence they are to dumb!

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-04 13:18

    Good luck to Jake. It's sad that all our talented coaches end up pouring value into other countries because locally there is so much political interference and ignorance.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 13:24

    I hope the Brumbies are aware that "fetchers" will not be required...

      mummford - 2011-04-04 13:27

      Good for Jake, but he has got a world cup title under his belt and needs to move on.Im not saying that Divvy should stay but we have plenty coaches to take over after the world cup.

      HueyPNewton - 2011-04-04 14:13

      @mummford. The Super15 is much harder to win than 2007 World Cup. Which of the following teams from RWC2007 would win Super 15: England, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Argentina, USA??

      mummford - 2011-04-04 14:21

      Sorry Heuy what are you on about.All im saying is that he has a world cup victory under his belt and maybe he needs to move on to another challenge!Where the hell does Tonga,Fiji and them come into the situation????Knock there??

      mummford - 2011-04-04 14:27

      Huey...i cant agree with your comment that had nothing to do with what was said about it is harder to win a S15 then the world cup! The pressure on the players/coaches are huge in a World Cup.There are no home games for any side except the Hosting country.Its not just your local city watching you its your whole country.I think if you made that statement to Francious P he would either pack up laughing in your face or just give you a clap across your ears.Dumb comment.Now focus

      Brannas - 2011-04-04 15:27

      Saffa jy is nou regtig wat hulle noem n' CHOP. Jy het ook altyd iets te se' oor alles, ek dink jy is net n' moelikheid maker wat vervelig is met die lewe en nou kry jy jou daaglikse "KICK" om hier op news24 stront op te kots. Bly tog net stil en gaan doen iets konstruktief asb.Boonop klink jy vir my nog baie onosel ook.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 15:45

      Brannas, die Stormer ondersteuners is maar so voor op die wa..... ......geen kultuur...

      mummford - 2011-04-04 15:49

      Oh are such a star.Twinkle twinkle.You read the headlines and comments and then think to yourself "i fink dont i know what really to talk about! If you to dumb to understand then dont comment.You guys always seem to embarrass yourselves and your Bulls supporters.shhhh shhhh for now.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 16:03

      Johnnybb and most of the Bulls supporters have to be the dumbest bunch in the S15.Just speaking to a few overseas supporters i was asked if the Bulls supporters are born that way or if it was a big act.I responded by saying" i wish i could say it was an act"!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 16:11

      @Brannas - apart from your pathetic anti-Stormer comments, I aint seen much else. Do you have anything else in your bag of tricks Harry Potter? Or is this it - insulting me, and insulting the Stormers? Yeah - thought so.

      Iceman - 2011-04-04 16:38

      hi saffa. so white won the cup without a fetcher. i guess its fair to say the game's changed since then and remember the comment was relevant then, possibly not now, but dont take it out of context?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 16:42

      @Iceman - Howdy. The sad thing is, he still feels the same.......considering the loose trio he would select for the Boks right now..... still no fetcher.

      Bootman - 2011-04-04 17:32

      .......and Pierre Spies

  • Dan - 2011-04-04 13:25

    Have to wonder what their response would have been if let's say old Pieter de Villiers applied for the job? Would probably have been the joke of the week on all tv stations and sports programs in Australia (and NZ). Just shows what SA loves to tyhrow away and what they prefer to keep. Add Bob Woolmer, Alan Donald, Nick Mallet, et. to the list.

  • red - 2011-04-04 13:26

    Toyota / Cheetahs - please get Jake White to Bloem , they are in serious need of a quality coach to use that talent wisely !!

      mummford - 2011-04-04 13:29

      what about Brendon Venter??Just asking !

      mummford - 2011-04-04 13:34

      Brendon Venter??

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 13:37

      Brendon Venter would be a good call for the Cheetahs,they need new blood in thier management group.

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-04 13:41

      think brendan makes allot more at saracens..... maybe jimmy stone house the pumas coach

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 13:45

      @Gilbert,Venter has returned to SA,no longer director of rugby at Saracens

      mummford - 2011-04-04 13:47

      Gilbert...Venter is back

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-04 13:50

      in that case im in support of brendan

      Dan - 2011-04-04 14:02

      Anything to save the Cheetah yes. I would rather say go for the top and relieve the Cheetahs from constant constipation - Harold Verster and his amateurish executive. They have for years now shown that they simply cannot grasp the concept of professionalism. Those common Harley Davidson's on the field before kick off is a prime example - not only is it really very very common, but what the f@#k has it got to do with Cheetah Rugby.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 14:16

      @red - you don't want that mate. Jake does not rate Brussow....seriously. He would not have Brussow near your as to who his loose trio would be come world cup fetcher in sight.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 14:31

      saffa i agree.I think S.A rugby has progressed a lot since 2007.If he never coaches here again it would not bother me!Dont get me wrong, he did the ultimate for the Bokke but i think we are ok with what we have .(thats to take over from Divvy i mean)

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 14:39

      Lets throw a couple of names in the hat for next Bokke coach after Divvy has left,I say Heynecke Meyer will do a fine job??????

      mummford - 2011-04-04 14:46

      gooinat...i know we have some of the best coaches around but i wonder how a foreign coach would shape up.It would be interesting.Look what Garry did for India! Just a thought!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 14:46

      @Mummford - He won a WC and all credit went to him at the time (even though I believe a lot of it was undeserved to be honest - but yes, he is a world cup winning coach) The funny thing has been that he hasn't been able to 'catch a coaching gig' since then. We heard the England rumours etc etc, and then he very "cheekily" made himself available to take over from P Divvy last year (which I thought was in bad taste at the time) I think old Jake is very dinosaurish in his approach, and I would rather he went and convinced the Brumbies that fetchers fetch beer and not balls on the deck, than try to hoodwink the SA public again. No disrespect to the man intended - but 2007 is a long way back......(as is evident in some of our "core" WC group...)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 14:55

      @ Gooinat: I want us to poach Robbie Deans from Oz...

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 15:05

      Mumford,I would not jump at an overseas coach but if it takes us to the top again,then so be it.Saffa-Yip,You are correct,Deans would be my first choice or Warren Gatland if we really have to go that route!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 15:16

      I just think a coach like Deans would be like a kid in a candy store with the talent we have. In Oz (lets be honest) it is miraculous that the Wallabies are always competitive as a team, in terms of player numbers etc. Robbie is a wise one....and to this day I believe the All Blacks should have sacked Graham, and retained Robbie after their 2007 disaster. If Deans was AB coach, I would have had them down as a dead cert for the WC - the man is a coach for the big stage. He would bring something to the table in terms of our rugger that no local could compete with. (Not even Heyneke IMHO). But: would I encourage the poor soul to deal with all the cr@p here in SA? Probably not...I like Deans 2 much for that.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 15:18

      Commenting on what the headlines read "Gas leak in Boksburg" I call on the citizens of Boksburg not to panic, its only Alwyn Kruger doing his weekly shopping!!!!!

      red - 2011-04-04 17:43

      haha...would be cool to see Brendon Venter as Cheetahs coach , imagine how exciting the interviews would be :)) but seriously , this Union (im not a Cheetahs fan) but i really wish this union the best , the Free State without doubt produces some awesome talent , just wish we could see them go somewhere with it. This would be great for SA rugby. I think Jake White's no nonsense approach is just what the Cheetahs need. Brendon Venter would also be an equal choice.

  • Pauljay - 2011-04-04 13:40

    If I had to choose between $'s, a good working environment and no political interferance vs constant interference, stressfull environment etc. who would want the Proteas job?

      mozzer - 2011-04-05 06:14

      Jake White thats who. Freudian slip Pauljay

  • Pauljay - 2011-04-04 13:42

    Sorry, the comment was for the Gary Kirsten article...

  • ME - 2011-04-04 13:50

    PPLLEEAASSEE GIVE THIS MAN A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jorg Steinhage - 2011-04-04 13:53

    Good for Jake. And the Brumbies. They need some help this season

  • HueyPNewton - 2011-04-04 14:15

    I cant wait for JW to fail at the Brumbies and hear our whinging countrymen blame it on the ANC.

  • Francois - 2011-04-04 14:18

    he'll do well

  • tommy 2 - 2011-04-04 14:47

    Please,hire him & sign him for 5 years. So South Africans can stop linking him to coach the springboks. I pray you get the job,MR WHITE.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 15:17

      Couldn't have said it better - don't want him near any of our teams or players....

      mummford - 2011-04-04 15:41

      The only thing that would stop me from coaching in this country is the politics one has to follow as a coach.

      Jack Turner - 2011-04-04 15:47

      Well said to both you guys...Biggest "Smuck" to ever coach the Boks. Im still smarting at the fact that I bought his Book.......VOMIT STUFF........

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 16:13

      @mummford - even the school coaches are getting it from all sides.....stay well out of it all I say. (Until the government gets over itself.....)

  • Tantrum - 2011-04-04 15:16

    Take him ... f'n useless if you ask me - he did not win a freakin thing - Eddie Jones won the world cup for him and SA.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-04 16:12

      You are a clueless imbecile. A Coach is like a project manager. He must ensure that the right people are on board. Jake appointed Eddy against the wishes of the South African Rugby Board. They even denied Jones a Springbok blazer. In Jake’s book he gave a lot of credit for the success of the Springboks to both Eddy and John Smith as well as to the rest of his team. Jake never claimed that he alone was responsible for the succes of the squad..

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  • Thami Fraser - 2011-04-04 21:04

    Shame, they should just give him the job, because it seems like nobody wants him. Every time you hear that he's applied for a coaching job, and then nothing. The thing is, rugby has moved on, nobody plays stampkar, kick-and chase rugby anymore. And Jake knows no other strategy.

  • mozzer - 2011-04-05 06:22

    Jake White's winning way was a huge success at the Lions last year wasn't it. The man is a plonker and the only good thing he did as coach was to appoint the ex-brumbies coach -Eddie Jones - as his assistant. That's who really won the world cup (and the 2001 super rugby cup) as the boks were sh1t before the appointment. Thats why he hasn't got a job since.

  • waine - 2011-04-25 12:03

    No matter what has been said here, one cannot fault Jake Whites record as a coach. Isn't that what really counts when applying for a job? "Jake White" in "Black and White" soon he will be signed up, and smiling, reaping what he worked all his life for. Go for it Jake...!

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