How long will Jake stay put?

2013-10-08 11:04

Durban - Jake White has played open cards with the Sharks regarding his desire to again coach at international level.

VIDEO: Sharks unveil Jake White

This comes after the Sharks on Monday confirmed White as their new Director of Coaching.

White will replace Brendan Venter, and will effectively start his three-year tenure at the end of October.

However, whether White will see out the three full years on his contract remains to be seen.

"The one thing John (Smit, Sharks CEO) understands is that I really want to coach international rugby again," White said on Monday when he was unveiled as Sharks coach.

"I've played open cards with him and part of that is making this organisation become the best.

"I'm committed to the Sharks now and this is not a case of leaving them in the lurch. When the World Cup comes and whatever opportunities there are, I'll knock on John's door and if there aren't any then I'll stay here - that's if I've done enough for him to renew my contract."

Meanwhile, Smit said the union will try keep Venter involved in some sort of capacity.

“Brendan Venter’s commitment to me was to drastically change our players’ environment which we think he has done with extreme success. Brendan has no written contract with the Sharks which is a testament to his character and his positive motives in coaching us and we will do whatever we can to keep him involved with us for as long as possible, in any capacity," Smit said via a statement released to the media.


  • Mike Beets - 2013-10-08 11:09

    Good times are coming ...

      Claire Serren - 2013-10-08 13:03

      I am not even a Sharks fan but you can see there is a bigger plan in motion here. Despite all the little men in the media and public hating on JS. Same as with the Boks. A lot of good people are being put in place across the board. In time we will reap the rewards and so will the Sharks. Wish the Stormers could learn a lesson, oh dang, Wakefield is too busy playing racial politics.

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-10-08 21:47

      I wonder if JW will also clean out the Cheetahs after every end of season?

      Grant Montgomery - 2013-10-09 01:39

      Margie, 2019 maybe. It would be wrong to change coaches before the 2015 WC as it's too soon.

  • David Scott Duncan - 2013-10-08 11:12

    My guess is 2 years. Not much will change pre-World Cup. In this time White will lead the Sharks to a Super Rugby title and by the end of 2015, a few international teams will be fighting to sign on White. I'm going to take a long shot and say...Wales (just a hunch)

      grantcallaway - 2013-10-08 18:32

      I think Wales is a good bet!

  • CLOUDCHASER - 2013-10-08 11:15

    In the meantime...he can enjoy Sharks culture...a good place to be...GO SHARKS!!!!!

      Midnite Man - 2013-10-08 12:39

      Approved !!

      CLOUDCHASER - 2013-10-08 13:10

      @skiapas...signed, sealed and delivered...GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arnold BigGuns - 2013-10-08 11:18

    until he gets an international role, that's what he's really after and good on him

      grantcallaway - 2013-10-08 18:34

      He wont be Bok coach again... egos at SARA are too big to admit their mistakes, and HM is doing a pretty good job too. England/Ireland or Wales is probably where he will end up.

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-10-08 11:22

    Yeah Jake White is all for open,attractive,running with ball in hand from anywhere on the park type of rugby as he did as Bok and Brumbies the Guppies must love him to bits.

  • James Chronic - 2013-10-08 11:48

    guys please tell me as director of that a fancy way of saying he is the head coach or is he above that position?

      Arnold BigGuns - 2013-10-08 11:54


  • Andre Malherbe - 2013-10-08 12:02

    Jake White has the loyalty of a slug. What he did to the brumbies was disgraceful. By saying he wanted to leave because he didnt get the Aussie job is just plain rubbish. Next week some international team announces they have a position to fill and he is gone again.JW must first learn some loyalty then maybe the International sides will come running for him.

      Andre Malherbe - 2013-10-08 13:32

      @ Greegs. Thanks for getting personal you twat! Forgive me for thinking that when you put pen to paper its as good as giving your word. The fact that he got an offer from the Sharks has absolutely nothing to do with it. Also YOU TWAT you conveniently forget that he was trying to get the England job just after he signed on at the Brumbies. If he is so intent on coaching an International side then he shouldn't fall in with a franchise. The Brumbies have just gotten themselves out of a hole with his help and then what does he do...he leaves with 2 years left on his contract. You my friend must be a TWAT!

      Trav Griffie - 2013-10-08 16:32

      Andre, I don't get your rant at White. He has been very transparent with his desire to be an international coach, and who can blame him. He is a coach with a RWC medal, and as that is the highest award in world rugby. Asking him to stay as a coach is like expecting a successful CEO to stay as the branch manager of a company when there is a better opportunity that suits him and his family. Sounds like a pretty normal move, so your judging him seems a little offsides to me.

      Grant Montgomery - 2013-10-09 01:49

      Cast your mind back to 2007. JW was forced out of his position by the SARB. If this hadn't happened I have no joubt he would still be the bok coach today and we would have had a different result on Saturday.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-10-08 12:05

    Bit of a coaching whore, are you Jake?

      Midnite Man - 2013-10-08 12:37

      ...ur wife's a whore.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-10-08 13:37

      And Jake has his groupies, I see. He is a brilliant coach, but very little loyalty towards the team he is at

      grantcallaway - 2013-10-08 18:42

      White had little loyalty towards ONE team...and that one team happened to be in a country where his style was disregarded at the top because it was not "the Australian way", even though he turned a steaming pile of poo into S15 title contenders within a year! It's the equivalent of coaching the Kings for a year, taking them to the S15 finals, and then being told by SARU (after discussions with Cheeky Watson) that he will not be considered as a Bok coach because he is not black! EXACTLY the same thing!

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-10-08 12:13

    Having worked at the Sharks and with John Smit, he's going to fit in real well. His family are going to be much nearer which is another huge benefit for him. Unless a lucrative international job comes along I think he'll see out his contract but at least he's honest about that. Looking forward to seeing his valuable input at the union.

  • John Comyn - 2013-10-08 12:32

    Jake will have to go North if he wants to coach an international team. AB's, Oz and SA are very unlikely options.

  • Rassie Venter - 2013-10-08 16:30

    As a consultant with the Lions in their disaster season and their x Springbok centre and Springbok Assit, coach he did nothing for the team they went from bad to worse also his friend Eddy helped him win the world cup. Is he really up to it?

  • Christian Robert Simpson - 2013-10-08 22:08

    wish all the unions took coaches more seriously... I think Nick Mallett is a huge loss to SA rugby, he should be coaching...

  • Selma Botha - 2013-10-09 10:40

    Brendan Venter without a written contract, how very odd?! How has the players' environment changed? Is Brendan Venter Jake White's Eddie Jones? Will Brendan get a blazer?

  • Selma Botha - 2013-10-09 10:44

    With Julius in charge and the Springboks nationalised it is doubtful whether Jake WHITE will coach the Springboks again.

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