Springboks

Jake White lauds impact of Venter, Whiteley

2017-06-21 09:57
Jake White (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Jake White credits assistant coach Brendan Venter and captain Warren Whiteley for the turnaround in the team’s fortunes.

After a torrid 2016 season in which South Africa won only four out of 12 Tests, the Boks have started 2017 on a high note by beating France comfortably in their first two Tests.

Venter was roped in by head coach Allister Coetzee as defence and exits consultant, while Whiteley replaced the retired Adriaan Strauss as captain.

And according to White, these appointments were masterstrokes.

“There’s no doubt that the influence of Brendan Venter has been immense and Warren Whiteley, whether people like him or not, has got it right,” White wrote via a column for All Out Rugby.

“Nothing else has changed since last year - they’ve changed the captain and added an assistant coach, and the team has gone from terrible to winning their first two Tests.

“There seems to be a completely different message coming out of the Bok camp now. They’re humble, and they’re not getting ahead of themselves. It’s a very different message to what was coming out last year, and that is commendable.”

White, who led the Boks to World Cup glory in 2007, is set to join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz after spending three years in France coaching Montpellier.

CLICK HERE to read Jake White's full column on All Out Rugby

 

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Following the conclusion of the various end of year tours to Europe, who is your favourite for the 2019 Rugby World Cup title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.