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Jake brags with own 'Os, Monty'

2013-03-20 07:51

Cape Town - Brumbies coach Jake White says flank George Smith and wing Clyde Rathbone are to them what Os du Randt en Percy Montgomery were for the Springboks a few years ago.

The 32-year-old Smith recently returned to the Brumbies after leaving in 2010 to play club rugby in France and Japan, while Rathbone (31) was lured out of retirement by White after quitting the game in 2009 due to injuries and personal issues.

Both are expected to be named in the Brumbies' starting team for their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday night.

And White, who similarly brought Du Randt and Montgomery back into the international fold when he became Springbok coach in 2004, is delighted to have two such experienced campaigners in his squad.

"It's not easy to get experience like that. It's not only about rugby. It's the transition of one successful era to the next," he told Die Burger's website.

Du Randt had not played international rugby for five years when White picked him for the Springboks in 2004, while Montgomery's international career was thought to be over, with his previous Test coming in 2001. However, both went on to lift the World Cup trophy in 2007 with White as Bok coach.

"The small inputs from George take pressure off our captain Ben Mowen and the players. It's almost like bringing back Os and Percy. They help form a team culture," said White.

Rathbone is expected to bring calmness to the backline, while Smith will have an important role to play especially after David Pocock was ruled out for nine months with a knee injury.

The Brumbies currently lead the Super Rugby standings with 23 points from four games.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.

Sport24

Comments
  • Sean Diesel - 2013-03-20 08:04

    Hy kan lekker gatskeer met die stormers nes hy lus is, hy weet hulle gaan die kaapse patete in die modder in trap. Second

      Marco Hudson - 2013-03-20 09:27

      I'm a Big Bulls fan but I hope the Stormers SMASH them into the newlands ground!! Cummon STORMERS JOU LEKKA ding! Smashem manne!!!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2013-03-20 08:11

    I'd love to know where "bragging" comes into the equation. Anything for a headline!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-20 08:51

      Yep, just trying to put a negative slant on Jake.

  • Cloud Chaser - 2013-03-20 08:24

    Stormers...you can also make a successful transition...from beating the Chiefs...to beating the Brumbies...best of luck...Sharks greetings.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-03-20 08:38

    No denying it, Jake is one of the best coaches ever.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-03-20 09:02

      Um, not really! He does however surround himself with quality assistants!

      Ricky Correia - 2013-03-20 11:52

      Well Jimmy, even if that is the case, it clearly shows a sign of a good leader. Being a good coach also means being a good leader, hence he remains one of the best coaches in world rugby at the moment. Some of the best leaders this world has seen, have been the ones who were able to surround themselves with the right individuals. As the old saying goes, you are only as good as the team around you.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2013-03-20 09:07

    Small problem, how can you compare Rathbone with Percy, Rathbone never really made an impression in Aus, neither in terms of skills and performance, nor in terms of legacy!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-20 10:01

      He was comparing their retirement and return and possible impact, not their careers...

      Johan Hattingh - 2013-03-20 17:32

      Then why compare them at all?

  • Lukas Malherbe - 2013-03-20 09:36

    super rugby champs looming?

  • Tauriq Bloew - 2013-03-20 10:11

    Jake White or Jacob Westerduin just remember who stopped you in your tracks for the Super Rugby crown...

  • Gerhard Uys - 2013-03-20 10:44

    In my opinion, Jake White and Gary Kirsten are two of the most brilliant coaches this beautiful country has produced. Best in the world.

  • bous.bester - 2013-03-20 10:49

    One of the greatest coaches of all time. Pity we had to loose him to the Ausies. Look at what he did to the Sharks. Attacked them at their weak points and stopped the ball going to the dangerous attacking players. Great rugby mind. Maar nog steeds bly ek 'n STORMER.

  • Pierre Le Roux - 2013-03-20 12:40

    What was JakeKs win-loss ratio against the All Blacks?surely the true test of a Bok coach?

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-03-20 13:24

      JW's Win/Loss ratio wasn't good at all. Funnily enough Snor was much better. JW had a 60% win ratio over all tests.

      Pierre Le Roux - 2013-03-20 14:32

      Exactly my point actually it was 30 percent

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2013-03-20 13:51

    i wonder if Eddie Jones is not assisting him with team tactics

  • abe.botha.5 - 2013-03-20 19:05

    Srompies are in for a big losing this weekend. They might be back to the bottom again

  • Paul van den Berg - 2013-03-21 08:57

    Jake White is one of the best coaches ever, Aussies will win next world cup if they appoint Jake as national coach

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