Mickey shows Jake the way

2011-12-06 13:05

Canberra - Jake White has revealed that new Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur helped convince him to take up his post at the Brumbies.

Speaking to the Rugby Heaven website, White revealed how he had consulted Arthur before his appointment.

"I don't think he ever thought he'd be coaching Australia in cricket. I asked him a lot about Australia before I moved here,'' White said.

"And he said: 'Jake, the one thing about this place is they share their knowledge, they're open to ideas and players like to be coached.' He said it was a great environment to bring out the best in yourself … I may not have international exposure but there's a lot more opportunity for me to develop myself as a coach."

White admitted that he had learned a few things in Australia and had already picked the brains of some of the country's top coaches.

"I read Ric Charlesworth's book (former Australia hockey player and performance consultant) and since I've been here I've had meetings with Bill Sweetenham (former British and Australia swimming coach),'' he says. ''I've had meetings with Ricky Stuart (rugby league coach). Kevin Sheedy (Australian Rules coach) is going to be coming to Canberra and I went down to Melbourne and met Craig Bellamy (rugby league coach)."

White also enthused about the mindset of Australian sportsmen.

"Australians have got an unbelievable work ethic in sport. When you look at their achievements in sport it is phenomenal. I just thought that this was the one country where I could develop as a coach."

White will apply the same coaching philosophy at the Brumbies as he did as a Springbok coach to transform them into Super Rugby contenders.

"We started at the Boks with nobody and we were sixth in the world,'' he said. The Brumbies are 13th out of 15, we've lost about eight Wallabies. But I don't see it as doom and gloom … I mean, six of the starting pack that I ever played in my first game as coach of South Africa went on to play in the World Cup final."

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  • Matthew - 2011-12-06 13:15

    Yeah, but that doesnt stop you linking yourself to every national team head coaching job that comes along, Brumbies contract or not.

  • wmdupreez - 2011-12-06 13:27

    @ Matthew - and you believe everything you read in the papers? He is a great coach and the media will write anything to get a guy down that has achieved what he did. Both White and Mickey should never have been allowed to leave our shores...

      Inky - 2011-12-06 13:47

      Hear, hear !

      Simon - 2011-12-06 14:03

      Agreed. It is already so hard to watch so many South African sports people playing for other countries, now we have to see our most successful cricket coach and WC winning rugby coach also 'play' for the other side. It's sad our administration and politics does this.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-06 14:31

      Which is the point I made, they do have good sportsmanship and ethics, it can't be denied unless you don’t have the balls to admit it. When they lose, they don't blame and make threats of violence etc, instead they learn, recover, get over it and get stronger. This was my response to our reaction towards the Bryce drama, that we should be the same. Instead, I received nothing but dislikes, more blame, more bitterness and soreness etc. lol, but I expected it and wasn't surprised as it’s the downfall in the first place. Not only are our coaches going offshore but our fans too. I don't consider myself a springbok fan anymore, the reaction to this world cup was enough for me to say cheers to the horrible vibe of misery and hatred that ruined the cup for me.

      Peter - 2011-12-06 15:15

      I agree with you, the aussies have a lot more ethics than south african sportsmen in general, the press overthere do not make them overnight heros like here, to many of our sportsman get big heads to quickly and end up believing thier own press and end up failing where they could have been great players

      Sean - 2011-12-06 21:18

      If I was them ( coaches ) I would do exactly the same - Not that I like the Australians :) , but once your basic administration of sport is like a well oiled engine everything works much better and at the end you will be rewarded with results . Unlike in S.A , too many politics and racial issues in sport , South-African sport is definitely not what it used to be ! The administration levels of S.A sport are pathetic !

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-12-06 15:48

    Our sporting achievements are just as impressive as australia's if you consider the amount of money their government puts into their sport, how much better and more professional their administrators and management teams are, and how much less shoot-yourself-in-the-foot politics they have! To me it's an absolute miracle that we do as well as we do, and can only be explained by raw talent and the occasional brilliant coach like Kitch, Jake, Nick, Heyneke and Mickey. And that's just rugby and cricket. Look at our golfers, boxers, swimmers, surfers, BMX and mountain bikers, etc, etc...

      Bob - 2011-12-06 16:30

      Can't agree with you steven, you can't give all the correct reasons why Aussie are better and then negate those same things to say SA are just as impressive, many of the other sports you name are individual and don't rely on government grants etc, I think SA produces more than it's fair share of world class sportsmen, but you can't compare the results of the Aussie cricket side to the proteas, the Aussies have been much better over the years, the same goes for rugby, rugby union is not that popular a game in Oz, fourth I would say behind league, aussie rules and cricket.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-06 17:16

      I agree with Bob, also consider Australia's population of 22 million. One of the smallest but yet they dominate most of the sports. Watch the Olympics, they also nailing the GP with stoner, formula 1, tour de france with cadel evans, cricket, athletics such as cathy freeman, pretty good with rugby, top hockey team, netball team, volley ball etc. Even in unfamiliar sports they dominate, such as windsurfing or horse racing. Scott Mckercher world wave champ. Jason polakow, 2 time world champ. Jessica crips world champ woman. You also mention sports like surfers, Australia have way many more sucesful surfers and produced those such as Layne Beachley with six world titles straight. The same with boxing such as danny green with his world championship, Jeff Fenech, John Famechon, Les Darcy, Jimmy Carruthers, Jeff Harding and more... all legends. In the olympics Australia's swimmers dominated. Talk of golf? They in there too, check out Adam Scott, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Day.... Can't compare.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-06 17:28

      Just looking at the last Olympics SA only got 1 medal, it was a silver. Australia got 46 and america got the most, not bad considering USA having 307 million people to choose the best talent from with Aussie at 22 mil.

      Van - 2011-12-07 08:32

      The development of junior players is done on a different level than back in SA. It is so refreshing to see that junior players are selected on MERIT. Club coaches are not the dad of a player, it is a person that does coaching because that is what he/she likes doing. If you look at the amount of support and players playing rugby union it is a miracle that they are doing so well over the years.

  • Hallo - 2011-12-07 11:17

    The blind leading the blind.

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