Jake to lure South Africans

2012-02-01 09:07

Canberra - Brumbies coach Jake White wants to use a new alliance with the University of Canberra as the extra bait to lure South Africa's most talented juniors to the capital.

The Brumbies have boosted their immediate finances on the eve of the Super Rugby competition by announcing a one-year naming rights sponsorship with the University of Canberra, worth an estimated $1million.

But White, who guided South Africa to the 2007 World Cup, is determined to convert the relationship into a long-term gain for his playing roster.

White plans to capitalise on the strong connection between rugby and education in South Africa. As a former Springboks coach, he still holds a lot of influence on where South Africa's rising stars choose to play.

"I would love to attract some boys to come and play rugby in Australia," White said.

"Every day I get calls from dads [in South Africa] asking where I suggest their kid can play.

"It shouldn't be underestimated a lot of South Africans will see this link and see it as an opportunity [to come and try to play for the Brumbies].

"Our challenge is to make sure we at the Brumbies do our homework ... it can't just be a sponsorship arrangement, it has to be a genuine boost and partnership."

When White signed a four-year deal to coach the Brumbies last May, he expressed his desire to recruit South African schoolboy stars and get them to train in the club's development programs.

Now he wants university delegates to travel with the Brumbies to South Africa in April and organise meetings with top young players.

White knows first hand how passionate South Africans are about rugby.

He has been coaching in schools since 1982 and high schools and universities have extremely strong allegiances to their rugby teams.

The Brumbies are allowed three foreign players on their roster - one marquee signing and two developing internationals. Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone are two examples of South Africans who have played with the Brumbies and gone on to represent the Wallabies.

White said he would not try to influence young players to choose between committing to the Wallabies or Springboks, but he was confident South African junior stars could be enticed to join the Brumbies and the university.

"Nothing would hurt me more than to tell a South African dad to bring his kid here and he doesn't leave Canberra a better player," White said.

"I don't want these boys to come here and to be a Brumbies fan, I want him to come here with an opportunity to play for the Brumbies.

"There's no reason why it can't happen, I get excited because we're sitting on something great, but we can't just offer an opportunity to study.

"It's going to promote rugby in Canberra and increase the standard of rugby we have here.

"It won't happen in year one, but it will be sustainable for South African and New Zealand boys to come here and study."

White warned the agreement needed to be more than "lip service" to ensure he could attract the best recruits and turn them into better players in Canberra.

The university will get maximum exposure in South Africa and New Zealand when the Super Rugby season begins on February 24.

Rugby is the No 1 sport in both countries and more than 4 million viewers watched the Brumbies' games last season

Twenty-three per cent of the university's student population is from overseas, but only a small minority is from South Africa or New Zealand with most travelling from China and South East Asia.

The Brumbies could also move their base to the university campus in the coming years.

The club had its plans to redevelop Griffith Oval blocked on heritage grounds in 2010 and is currently awaiting a decision on its contentious application to rezone the site of its headquarters for redevelopment as apartments.

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  • Dhirshan - 2012-02-01 09:15

    smit & matfield ?

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 10:06

      you obviously didn't read the article

      Sean - 2012-02-01 13:54

      I agree with Jake , we live in a modern era and certain ``elements`` in rugby will cause many players to go play that side !! I see absolutely nothing wrong with doing so !

      Thomas - 2012-02-01 21:26

      You can't blame the dad's, with the "Kings" fiasco and the idiots running rugby here what do you expect!!!!!!!! I was in Aus and NZ during the WC, great countries, clean and orderly

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-01 09:29

    This is going to cause a stink!

  • Willie - 2012-02-01 09:31

    This is great Jake! At least our true rugby talent does not have to be subjected to this quotas BS, and they can get recognition for their true talent.

      Clive - 2012-02-01 10:26

      Willie I agree with you but it still hurts to see our young talent having to move abroad to better them selves because of political BS, soon we will have Rugby world cup filled with many SA boys in each and every team

      John - 2012-02-01 10:28

      Willie get over yourself mate name one rugby quota player in the last world cup team bar John suffer from an inferiority complex......

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-01 10:43

      Clyde Rathbone left saying all nasty things about this country, look where he is now

      Brannas - 2012-02-01 11:04

      @John- Just to name a couple of quota players in the last WC team. Jean d Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Schalk Burger, De Jongh, Aplon; Habanana and the rest of the stormer clan that was there. The only reason they were there is because Div was forced to pick some stormers.

      KallieHungBal - 2012-02-01 11:22

      @John - Bryan Habana and Odwa Ndungane

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 11:31

      So hung bal, name us replacements for those players you mention, what is more why dont you name a host of players who dont deserve to wear the Sprinbok jersey and blame that on quotas..

      KallieHungBal - 2012-02-01 12:25

      Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard. Just like JS, BH and ON was not chosen on merit. FH made a HUGE impact on the game every single time he set foot on the pitch. So did Bismarck. Everyone knows BH has not been the same since he left the Bulls. Why was he there?

      Bob - 2012-02-01 15:07

      You should get a real perspective on life - quotas are not an issue - talent is. This could become known as the "Jake Chip"

      Hallo - 2012-02-01 16:11

      What quotas fool?

      Douglas - 2012-02-01 18:54

      @ Cosmos - all of them true f-hole

  • Marcell - 2012-02-01 09:34

    Ten minste sal jou graad iets werd wees.

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 10:07

      and you'll be chosen on merit to play.

      Bob - 2012-02-01 15:11

      My goodness we are bitter aren't we?

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  • Jimmy - 2012-02-01 09:37

    White has an issue with SARB. I feel this is unpatriotic of him? Why take out your vendetta with the board on us Springbok fans?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:46

      The Springbok fans will never get to see 80% off those youngsters in any event, due to players falling through the cracks.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-01 09:49

      Oh get over it already. Jake White is a professional (Rugby World Cup-winning) coach in a professional sport. If some of our rising stars chose to go study in Australia where they don't have to be subjected to ANC racism and quotas, then good for them.

      Citroes - 2012-02-01 09:58

      Did Jake want to take money out of South AFrica and the Reserve Bank stopped him? Why would he have a beef with the South African Reserve Bank? Oh sorry, I now see - you meant SARU not SARB.

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 10:08

      agree 100% penny

      jono99 - 2012-02-01 15:09

      Sho BD, i don't think it could be said any better. You've summed it all up, give the youngsters that wouldn't otherwise make it in SA, a chance to play and enjoy pro rugby.

  • Tony - 2012-02-01 09:48

    Rather send Julius Malema

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-01 10:16

      Would love to see blubberguts in the middle of a two-ton scrum !!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-01 11:12

      In the middle? Preferably at the bottom of the scrum.

  • Ken - 2012-02-01 09:59

    I believe this is an excellent opportunity for young talented players, Not only do they get excellent rugby opportunites but get a first class education on top of it. At least an Australian university education is recognised world wide, whereas one from South Africa is second class and not recognised elsewhere.

      Clive - 2012-02-01 10:33

      Agreed Ken my son is only just starting to learn the game and already can see the BS of Quota, the last trials he did very well and was told out to his face if only you were black, from a non racist true South African to why bother is 5 min mad me very angry at first then sad as it is true. So to those who can get ahead while it lasts go for it enjoy your trade and give it all.

      Ben - 2012-02-01 10:44

      Wits, UCT, Stellenbosch, Pretoria are good world class universities.

      Dirk - 2012-02-01 11:15

      Was world class,and one of those, is my alma mater. So, Im not prejudiced.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 11:32

      Clive you should change your school your son attends

      Marcell - 2012-02-01 11:37

      Ben: jy leef in 'n droom wêreld my vriend. Die uni's doen dieselfde as die res van die onderrig instansies in die land. Daar moet 'n sekere hoeveelheid studente slaag om die 'grant' by die regering te kry. Om by die getalle te kom word punte aangepas. Studente kry 15-25% vir 'n eksamen. Dan moet die punte aangepas word.

      SiLawless - 2012-02-01 12:34

      Out of top 700 varsities: UCT is rated 156 Wits 399 Stellies 401-450 Pretoria 501-550 UKZN 600-700 Canberra, not ranked in top 700 source:

      Marcell - 2012-02-01 12:47

      SL: Take your degree(post 2000) from any of those Uni's and go and look for a job in any first world country. Then you'll see what worthless is.

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 13:20

      @ ben: for now...

      Vernon - 2012-02-01 14:49

      @SL - the university in Canberra is the Australian National University - ranked 26

      billyboy6 - 2012-02-01 15:37

      Marcell and Ken you are influenced by your own propaganda. South Africans are welcomed worldwide for their work ethic and skills. That's why we have a brain drain. And our top varsities are still rated very highly. Australian basic education is reasonable, especially at their non total government schools and their Uni's are good, but nothing better than ours.

      Byron - 2012-02-01 19:01

      @Vernon - The university with which the Brumbies have struck a partnership/sponsorship and the one referred to in the article above is the University of Canberra ( and not the Australian National University ( #education

      jrensburg - 2012-02-01 19:07

      @Marcell, you can't be more incorrect. I run a small copany in the USA. 3 of my 4 accountants are South African. They have a much better trained than most people I could find here in the US. They are all Maties alumni and so am I - also all under the age of 30. I will put my guys in front of anyone - their work ethic and training is world class.

      Byron - 2012-02-01 19:35

      @Vernon - The university with which the Brumbies have struck a partnership/sponsorship and the one referred to in the article above is the University of Canberra ( and not the Australian National University ( #education

      Gungets - 2012-02-01 23:26

      @Ben - no SA university is in the World top 200. UCT about 250, Wits over 300, Pretoria 400+. Stellenbosch not in the top 500. Caberra is 53, Melbourne 82, another 4 or so in the top 200. Lets not get confused about quality. And the Aus universities have superb swap programs with US and UK universities as well.

      Gungets - 2012-02-01 23:28

      @SL - Canberra is the Australian National University - number 53.

      Gungets - 2012-02-02 06:33

      @SL - apologies - you are correct. Aus Nat Uni is highly ranked, Uni of Canberra not so much. Not having the time to go and research in depth it appears to be a bit of a fringe University, some detail here if anyone is really interested.

  • Kokkie - 2012-02-01 10:11

    Great idea, Jake. Get them to a quota-free rugby environment.

  • Chris - 2012-02-01 10:19

    Hey Jake, the back view of you is definitely your best side .... You'll make a great Australian

      Marcell - 2012-02-01 11:37

      Lekker suur né.

      Bob - 2012-02-01 15:15


  • Keith - 2012-02-01 10:20

    apply for Aussie citizenship

      Kosie - 2012-02-01 13:22

      I wish I could........ not.

  • goldwright - 2012-02-01 10:40

    Maybe the question we should be asking also, is don't the Aussies have enough of their own homegrown talent, that they have to look towards SA? Obviously not.

      Marcell - 2012-02-01 11:43

      In Aus Rugby Union is not a big sport, played by thousands. Rugby league and Aussie rules is by far the bigger game. Aussie rules is like a religion. If you keep that in mind, Aus is doing pretty good with the available pool. Just imagine what they will achieve when they get an extra 50-100 players over the next three years to pick from.

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-02-01 11:15

    This is good forward planning and should have benefits in the longer term.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-01 11:16

    why poach our talent ? he just knows theres barely any talent left in aus

      Marcell - 2012-02-01 11:44

      If you don't want them to go jusy treat them fairly. That's all.

  • george.viljoen - 2012-02-01 13:01

    Send Ashwin Willemse...

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-01 13:45

    @brannas, your talkin out of ur ass as usual!!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-01 14:49

    Fair game...each child accepted on merit at both Varsity and on the sports fields...sounds pretty magical from where i sit.No BS...the top bowler at under 11 with the most wickets ever recorded could not make his provincial side because of qouta's....what absolute nonsense!!! How do you explain the logic to a ten year old!!! Quotas and dumbed down education systems will definately encourage us to send our kids overseas....not that we want too ,but if your child will get equal treatment ...why not!! Jake probably realises this and is opening opportunity for our youngsters.

  • Jack - 2012-02-01 15:42

    Get lost Jake you had a great team with great players that had a wonderful draw and won the RWC...divvie would have done the same if it weren't for the powers that be (IRB) meddling in the game...So what about Rathbone? Are we supposed to jump up and down and watch another young talent throw his career down the Wallaby drain? I'm glad you got a nice job over in oz, but how about developing their talent (you clearly don't think they have any)?

  • Sanelle - 2012-02-01 21:12

    Sad to think that Jake will be luring South Africans away, just because of his new role...all about the money?! Where is the passion for South Africa that he showd as Boks coach? We cannot afford to loose the talented guys to Australia!

  • Schalk - 2012-02-02 05:20

    Hey Bootman! - 'took our country back', where do you come from fool - typical of your ilk - you've had this country for 18 years and all you've done is rape and pillage - grow up dickhead!

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