Jake sets out Sharks plan

    2013-10-07 12:03
    Cape Town - New Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White says he wants all teams in the province to adopt the same playing style.

    The Sharks on Monday confirmed that White will take over the coaching reigns from Brendan Venter.

    His tenure will be effective from the end of October 2013, and according to the Cape Times, White has signed a three-year deal.

    White told the newspaper that the Sharks are a phenomenal brand and that it was an opportunity he could never turn down.

    The former Bok coach also said he would try and impose his own playing style on all teams in the province, confirming that he wanted a 'strong pathway structure for rugby in the province that goes from school level all the way to the top', adding that he 'wanted all our schools to play the same way and will spend a lot of time with First XV coaches'.

    Sharks CEO John Smit said they will try and utilise Venter's services in an advisory capacity in future.

    “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.

    Since Smit started as Sharks CEO in July, there have been several changes at the Durban franchise. First he sacked John Plumtree as head coach to appoint Venter and also lured in Brad Macleod-Henderson (forwards) and Sean Everitt (backline) as assistant coaches, while the Sharks will also have a new sponsor in Cell C from next year.

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