Campese expects Jake to fail

2012-02-23 22:16

Cape Town - Former Wallaby wing David Campese believes former Bok coach Jake White will struggle to turn the Brumbies into a winning team.

White's first Super Rugby game in charge of the Brumbies is against the Western Force in Canberra on Friday.

Campese believes White could be in for an unpleasant surprise with the Australian outfit this year.

"It's very different in Canberra (than in South Africa). In Canberra rugby league is also popular with the Raiders-team playing there - there's thus a lot of competition for rugby.

"The Brumbies have also struggled over the last few years and lost a number of good players without producing outstanding new ones," Campese told the Beeld newspaper.

Campese feels the fact that Australia lacks in player depth when compared to South Africa could prove troublesome for White.

"There are something like 350 Australians playing in Europe. There's just not enough strength in depth to make up for it.

"That will probably prove troublesome for Jake. Rugby is more of a religion in South Africa than in Australia, everyone in South Africa wants to be a Bok," said Campese.

The Brumbies' game against the Force kicks off at 10:40 (SA time) on Friday.


Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Jesse Mogg, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Ita Vaea, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegerty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joe Tomane

Force: 15. Alifeleti Mafi, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Winston Stanley, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 10. James Stannard, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Matthew Hodgson, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Toby Lynn, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan

Substitutes: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Kieran Longbottom, 18. Phoenix Battye, 19. Angus Cottrell, 20. Justin Turner, 21. Ben Seymour, 22. Samu Wera


  • John - 2012-02-23 22:32

    Jack will be gone by the end of the year......

      Lynn - 2012-02-23 22:38

      Maybe more people will want to play rugby now?????

      Francois - 2012-02-23 22:46

      Who is Jack? Jack of Jill or Chris Jack or Jack of the beanstalk?

      Jaco - 2012-02-23 23:36

      Maybe Jack Daniels

      Burtfred - 2012-02-24 06:30

      Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Jack jumped over the candlestick?

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-24 07:40

      @ Burtfred - And that's exactly how Jack scorched his d!ck

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-24 07:43

      John - The Brumbies know that rebuilding a team is not a one-year thing. Don't be dof! Jake needs time. He has the goods. He did win a World Cup, afterall ... Don't be a Jake-hater. What's it to you anyway?

      Hallo - 2012-02-24 10:12

      For once I concur with campo. Jae inherited a golden generation of players in their prime, that's why we won the world cup.

      Stephen - 2012-02-24 10:42

      @Hallo: Jake brought through the majority of the team from his u21 World Cup winning team and took over a team at an all-time low after the 2003 RWC saga and turned them into world-beaters. Sorry, can't see any merit in your statement.

      Christopher - 2012-02-24 10:45

      @Hallo: Are you serious?? Jake took the Boks from a shocking 2003 World Cup campaign, under Straeuli, to winning the 2004 Tri-Nations! He has to have some skills as a coach to be able to do that!!

      amarillomanzana - 2012-02-26 00:20

      Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean...

  • Lynn - 2012-02-23 22:43

    John. now you guys are on your own... DF

  • Taetjo - 2012-02-23 23:45

    Former Wallaby "win"...? Sports24 dos it again!

      karsten.kaminski - 2012-02-24 00:16

      LOL! Took me a good few seconds for the penny to drop that they actually meant "wing". Whilst spell check is your friend, please check your grammar because as yet we don't have a grammar check :)

      Taetjo - 2012-02-24 03:00

      LOL! True... Sports 24 does it again! Thanks for that. Who shall cast the 1st stone?

      Gungets - 2012-02-24 07:22

      ped·ant - [ped-ant], noun 1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning. 2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details. 3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense. Even more appropriate when the person making the comment makes silly mistakes of their own.

      Grant - 2012-02-24 10:18

      @Gungets - agree with the last line - ha ha! Only difference is, Taetjo is not a writer, is not publishing articles for what is in essence a newspaper, and does not have an editor. Regular folk can make adding errors all day long... Find those errors regularly on tax return submitted by ACCOUNTANTS, however, and people will be less forgiving. Simply put: People can and should be expected to do their jobs properly.

  • Walter - 2012-02-24 05:53

    Sour grapes Campese at it again! he may have been a great win(g) but he's a pretty negative guy when it comes to making comments about others.

      Ben - 2012-02-24 09:04

      Agree. He's just like Jake White.

      vdwjasper - 2012-02-24 09:24

      You don't know what you're talking about. He is the total opposite - a very dynamic and positive guy... and he loves SA. He lived here for long.

      Grant - 2012-02-24 10:20

      @Walter - Campese's comments dont actually criticise Jake White at all! He's putting more emphasis on the fact that the Brumbies are gonna be a difficult team to rebuild, given the lack of options available.

      Stephen - 2012-02-24 10:46

      He doesn't comment often, but when he does talk it is worth listening to and, as grantcallaway points out, he doesn't criticise Jake at all.

      Heiku - 2012-02-24 11:30

      I liked it when he called cooper a "boofhead" or something similar

      CapeChappy - 2012-02-24 11:43

      To be fair he isn't having a go at Jake at all, he's saying that the player base is not there. I didn't see any comment in the article where he says anything negative about Jake. Maybe read the article, not just the headline.

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 11:08

      Campo is possibly on the mark here. Brumbies were terrible in the last few seasons. Cant see a rapid comeback. He has got Eddie Jones and Greagan with him, so I recon by next year they will be there, but not quite now. The game against the Force was a bit like a club game.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-24 06:18

    so then let the Brumbies go out out of the Super 15 and let someone else play instead... if its such an issue

      Kevin - 2012-02-24 07:36

      To make any Australians winners is a mammoth task. Jake is their only hope

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-24 07:49

      LOL, classic comment there Kev

      Andy - 2012-02-24 16:50

      It's just such a pity Saffas cant play League It's probably too tough anyway........I digress, Do you reckon Saffas will moan about this game? Apparently Brycie had Jakes approval.....WOW

      Andy - 2012-02-24 17:00

      Here's a classic Kev, the Boks are the worst tri nations team out of the BIG three (Wooden Spoon) yet 4th in World ranking......imagine that? My maths isn't 100% but aren't the Saffa teams last concerning Super Rugby? I could be wrong but aren't SA the least of our worries? Thanks for the practice

  • camiel.phillips - 2012-02-24 07:30

    Campese rather wish Jake good luck than say negative things

  • stephen.eriksenmiller - 2012-02-24 07:34

    Really?? Who cares what Campese thinks? He is a rude outspoken Aussie!

      Andy - 2012-02-24 17:06

      But Steph/Steve.........really? South Afrikans are wooden spooners? I personally think you're rude, arrogant and IGNORANT........Who's outspoken, the Wooden spooners?

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 11:12

      Campo, like him or loath him was a genius, and a pleasure to watch. He ran holes around opposition, and like Naas, always looked like he'd just ran on the field. Never broke a sweat. The guys a legend and no, Im a Saffa, not an Aussie.

  • FeF Francois Gericke - 2012-02-24 07:37

    Campo has always been a wise ass.Even his own media has shunned him and dont pay any attention to his frequent cries for attention.Obviously Jakes going to have it tough in his first season (just like ALL first time Super coaches-just ask Heyneke about his first,winless season) but he is on a 3 year contract and next year he will be able to recruit players in the off season.Jakes been succesfull in every coaching job hes tackled and this will be no different.

  • M.C. - 2012-02-24 07:44

    Campese look on your outside Pieter Hendriks is beating you again, sorry this time it`s Jake!

  • Jason - 2012-02-24 07:53

    David hasn't had attention recently thats all. Well some people said published articles how Jake knew nothing about rugby a couple of months before he won the world cup.

  • Blaine Dillon - 2012-02-24 08:32

    News24 must check their spelling before placing a report. Too much spelling errors.

      Blip - 2012-02-24 09:15

      Too MANY spelling errors. ("Much" is used for a measurable quantity rather than for a countable number.)

      Heiku - 2012-02-24 11:31

      Eish Blip baba. This thing she is getting out of control ne?

  • Bootman - 2012-02-24 08:33

    I'm hope Jake doesn't become a failure like me.

  • Doc - 2012-02-24 09:43

    Misleading headline, nowhere was he quoted as using the words "I expect him to fail" all he is saying is that his job will be very difficult compared to when he was in SA which echoed Jake Whites own comments earlier this year. Australia have a smaller talent base, less money etc. Nothing menacing about what he said at all.

  • Frans - 2012-02-24 10:48

    What does campese know any way, probably still searching for peter hendriks, could'nt even side step,was pedalling in the air and called it a campese step, something he actually copied from my late grandmother.

  • Frans - 2012-02-24 10:57

    Blip is jy dalk n taalkundige of hou jy jou net slim, los die mense man solank hulle net so min of meer reg is.

  • Leon - 2012-02-24 12:26

    Wat seg jy nou Campeze? los mar die comments virrie manne wat ken. Lekke Jake! ons is trots leer hulle bietie van rappie soos ons hom ken.

  • AJGoosen - 2012-02-24 17:53

    Oops... Thats one wrong so far... lets see how the rest of the season goes for Jake... good Luck Jake!

  • grantley - 2012-02-25 01:37

    Campo your so wrong Watch the Brumbies improve from last few years.

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 11:16

      When your back is to the wall, you can only improve.

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