Jake bemoans Bok fitness

2011-08-15 13:15

Canberra - Jake White has expressed concern about the Springbok coaching staffs’ management of players after their Tri-Nations loss to the Wallabies in Durban.

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Writing on his RugbyXV website, White said he had misgivings about the level of fitness of the Springboks.

“Their match fitness could've been excused in not playing in a while - which was the coach's choice - but their general fitness also isn't good enough.”

White, who was often criticised during his tenure for picking players on the basis of size and athleticism, said that fitness was vital to the Boks’ Rugby World Cup cause.

“The fittest teams have historically won the World Cup, and that's not a good omen for these Boks. You just have to look at footage of these players in 2007 and compare that to now. You can just look at the body types of the players to notice the difference,”

White also criticised the Bok management’s use of the bench.

“The substitutions were poor. It was unfair to move John Smit to tighthead late in the game.”

“With Gurthro Steenkamp on the bench and Jannie du Plessis's fitness not being backed, it was always the plan to move Smit there,” White suggested.

“It was surprising the Boks didn't realise beforehand what an impact that would have, as Smit has previously struggled against Australian scrums,” White noted.

White said that the Bok management were in denial about the extent of their team's shortcomings.

“Peter de Villiers said we won the game everywhere but on the scoreboard, and no wonder he's still optimistic and 90% sure we'll win the World Cup,” White observed.

White’s personal outlook was far less optimistic.

“It's the first time in 40 years the Boks have lost back to back home Tests against Australia, and they could for the first time lose all four Tri-Nations Tests. They now play a weakened New Zealand side without their two best players in Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, and there's lots of pressure on the Boks,” White said.


  • wipi1 - 2011-08-15 13:21

    @ coolio 101 - where are you in the coaching scenario? has been you say ? stay on the couch!!!!! racism is there in your comment! stay at home dont go out and leave our country !!!!!

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-16 10:28

      lol, racism in his comment?

  • Weetiemeer - 2011-08-15 13:22

    Jake has had his moment .... can he please keep quiet now??!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 13:28

      Nobody said you must read articles with his name attached to it.

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:13

      dozer, stop being so snappy towards everyone... bulls should have lost...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 14:17

      Jk WiePie LOST haven't you heard? lmao

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:19

      raven, im not from mars, i know... had to take the day off to recover. Lions to loose their 1st match of 2011 on Friday though

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 14:34

      Ja ja jk, like WP would have beaten the Cheetahs and the Sharks :) As jy wakker word is jou koffie koud.

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:35

      wp by 10...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 15:04

      Jk jy mag maar hoop hoor! lmga

      jk - 2011-08-15 15:07

      konsentreer jy maar op jou hopeless kinderhuis cases...

      roboman1 - 2011-08-15 17:05

      as the thumbs downs show, most people think Jake has earned the right to comment, and I agree. He has a valid point on fitness, look at Frans Stey, honestly, he looks 7 to 9 kg's overweight and has the shape of a potato, and I am a fan of his, but facts are facts. I reckon it's because the players have to much say, and therefore the fitness regimes have got slack. Anyway, its to close to the world cup to change that

      StBad - 2011-08-15 17:47

      Mate, he could not have said anything closer to the truth! It was blatantly obvious on Sat and everyone in the crowd commented on it during the game.

      Du Bois Louw - 2011-08-15 19:04

      how can you be quiet if the coach said we won every thing, except for the score board. come on man! It looks like the only word you known is racism

      Emile - 2011-08-16 13:02

      Considering the amount of success Jake experienced as coach (and we all remember the state the Boks were in once Strauli had finished with them) I reckon he has earned his right to voice his opinion. Also, I wonder what could happen were he to be reinstated as Bok coach. If there is one thing New Zealand have shown us, it's that finding and holding onto a quality coach produces results. It seems the same can be said for Australia, who have been on the rise since Deans has been at the helm (they were 5th on the IRB log when he took over). Makes you wonder how SA managed to throw away a coach who had just won a world cup...

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-08-15 13:22

    ...AA PDV is a clown.... ..........bring back Jake White....

      jmexsen - 2011-08-15 14:03

      Really really now

      jk - 2011-08-15 14:29

      you must be joking!! if jake grows a snor he might as well be divvie...

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 14:57

      jk for Jake to be Divvie he'd need to grow a snor, breath helium instead of o2, loose all rugby sense... come to think of it, loose all sense what so ever, loose the ability to construct a coherent sentence and be incapable to solve the problem 40 x 2, he'd also need to learn just how to act like the TV character Zet.

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 15:03

      Difference is Jake created a world cup winning team out of basically nothing in 4 years, Divvie had a world cup winning team and in 2 years turned them into a warmup team for NZ and the Wallabies.

      bandit09 - 2011-08-15 18:37


      Howzitekse - 2011-08-17 14:53

      Riaan, Jake was a better coach than PDV, but stats are not everything. If the Boks are lucky to avoid the All Blacks and the Ausies and come up against a swak English team, like Jake's Boks did, PDV can also win the World Cup. He will then have a better record than Jake, as Jake's Boks were dominated by the All Blacks. Jake was also lucky to get Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, FDP and Brian Habana when they were rated top in their positions. He can take credit for spotting Habana's talent, because he was not being given much exposure by the Lions at that time.

  • Shotta - 2011-08-15 13:24

    Jake wants the post. He hasn't uttered anything positive about Peter de Villiers since ever!

      Charlie99 - 2011-08-15 13:36

      There is nothing positive to utter about the AA apointed coach. He is breaking all the records for the wrong reasons.

      seri_us - 2011-08-15 13:41

      haha Shotta , do you have anything positive to say about PDV ... I certainly don’t !

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 15:14

      Maybe Jakes just one of those people that says its k*k when he's looking at a heap of dung. I also could't really say anything positive that happened in the almost 4years Divvie coached the Bokke... except maybe that I laughed a lot.

      InternetMan - 2011-08-15 17:12

      Why don't you all go to the ballad shop, buy some tutus, and we can all have a nice ballad?

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-15 13:26

    Saw some heavy breathing from some of the players after about 20 minutes. But just as Aus struggled in their first test and Nzl also made lots of errors in their first against Fiji we will shake off the rustyness and only play better. We need to get our heads right and since John will be staying I hope they have learned to never ever put him in at tighthead again. Never ever again. We went backwards at a rate of nots. The moment Jannie came back the Ausies went backwards.

      coolio_101 - 2011-08-15 13:36

      hy moet net sy bek hou en kla....

  • Grahaml1 - 2011-08-15 13:26

    @coolio_101 - Actually he is still the world cup winning coach, so not a has been yet you dim witted F&*k

      coolio_101 - 2011-08-15 18:50

      world cup was won with the help of Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus u moron..

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-08-15 13:27

    I would actually pretty much agree with everything he says. I am also pretty sure that he does not contact the media to give his opinion but gets asked his opinion which in turn gets published. Forgetting that that "has been" is a WC winning coach! Strange how we all loved him 4 years ago!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 13:49

      I agree! Jake has a point and so do you.

  • allen.zunga - 2011-08-15 13:29

    Whether we like Pdv or not, I don't think it is fair for Jake White to keep making contrary remarks about the current managment setup. He should not even be given this kind of platform. All it does is create division.

      Charlie99 - 2011-08-15 13:39

      It has nothing to do about creating division... he is telling it like it is... you cannot hide from fitness.

      allen.zunga - 2011-08-15 14:15

      Its still not his place to mention, imagine what the players will think when they read this, it puts them in a very aquad position. Besides you wouldn't like it if the person that held your job previously keeps looking over your shoulder and telling you where you have gone wrong.

      Brandon - 2011-08-15 14:22

      Well said mate!!

      dansa - 2011-08-15 14:30

      Personally I find it worthwhile to at least hear his views. Look at Frans Steyn! He looks like he's been living above the pastry shop! Jake like and Springbok supporter has the right to ask these questions, since our national coach seems to think that "we only lost on the scoreboard" ...

      allen.zunga - 2011-08-15 15:34

      I'm not arguing the merits of what he is saying, I'm arguing his motive.Frans Steyn has packed on a few Granted Jake White was a great coach but running to the media with his 2 cents worth at every opportunity is plain wrong. We don't see Eddie Jones,John Mitchell, Sir Clive Woodward doing that because its unprofessional. If he really wanted to help why doesn't he just call PDV and tell him directly.

      slg - 2011-08-15 16:58

      Whispers become shouts. SARU ignored the whispers and this coaching staff. The shouts are everywhere now. This principle applies to all of us.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-17 14:59

      Next year Snorre will be able to take cheap shots at Jake when he is coaching the Brumbies. This could become quite funny.

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-15 13:30

    What are the plans to improve the players' general fitness? How about Div and White having a coach-to-coach talk?

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-15 13:35

      Exactly what I thought. They should have employeed him for 3 months as they did with Eddie Jones to be a technical advisor for the Boks. Jake is also excellent at analysing other teams and pointing out their weak points which we need to know when facing our oponents in the WC.

      Drewka - 2011-08-15 13:49

      Don't know if that's a good idea. Jake has some sour grapes because of Divv's appointment as coach, and Divv believes that his team (the Boks) is the best and his management don't need help from outside (which is very humble of him). I think with Rassie and Nienhaber there, they could pull themselves out of the ashes. All they need is that winning spark, and some continuity to take into the WC. It would be a sad year if the Boks don’t make the semi’s, because we have the team to win the cup, we just don’t have the plan yet.

      Anneleen - 2011-08-15 13:51

      @Sh@rks Fever...thanks for your reply...what are your thoughts on Lambie being included in the Tri-Nations training squad?

      Big Al - 2011-08-15 14:00

      Don't forget that Jake's job was basically advertised DURING the last world cup! Don't think he would have anything to do with SARU ever again and I don't blame him. I got to agree with him though, the Boks looked stuffed after about 50 minutes. Their fitness has to improve before the rigours of a world cup. They were definitely fit in 2007.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-15 14:04

      @Anneleen. Delighted. People keep saying he lacks experience. However in my opinion he has proven himself in numerous games including last years currie cup and end of year tour. He has never played a bad game, some average but never bad. This said he has also never been placed behind a good pack of bok forwards. He has always played with the "B"team. I say give him a chance with the pack of forwards of Saturday. Give him a scrumhlaf like Fourie or Hougaard and see what he does.

      Anneleen - 2011-08-15 14:12

      @Drewka...thanks for your reply...the team is most certainly there, but the fitness is worrying me a i'm gonna stir a bit...since Plumtree received an award a few days ago, maybe he can join Div for a fitness planning session? @Big Al...what do you suggest to get the Bok-fitness levels to where it was at 2007?

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-15 14:12

      And apart from him I am glad Chilli boy is there as well as Mvovo. People might critisize me for saying this but Smit didn't have a terrible game on Saturday, however Bismarck is way better and the same goes for Chilli Boy. Start Bismarck and let Chilli Boy make his impact in the last 20. Mvovo should also get a chance in a bok team that moves forward. In games where the Sharks played well it has ussually been Mvovo, Lambie, Alberts, Bismarck that stood out.

      Drewka - 2011-08-15 14:25

      @Anneleen.. Boy that would certainly stir up a storm for SARFU. Plum is an excellent coach, but he's a NZ'der. I can read the headlines already: SARFU appoints white New Zealander for the white Springboks!! It would be funny nevertheless.

      Anneleen - 2011-08-15 14:49! Good one! Now i see Habana is being labelled a "weak link", which i think is unfair. Your thoughts on that article? @...Sh@rks Fever...regarding Smit, what saddens me, is the fact that Smit was boo-ed when he left the field a few minutes before the game ended (and he loves Kingspark/Mr Price stadium) for Lwazi Mvovo, absolutely great to see him back...seems to me he is all over the field...regarding Sharks-games...whenever i see a Sharks tackle being made, his nr 11 jersey features very prominently!

      Drewka - 2011-08-15 16:59

      The same could be said to Habana and the rest of the Springboks. We all know they're world class players, and have the experience to win. But they lack that desire, that drive and heart of a Springbok jersey. Judging them on their first game this season would be cruel, but the drive that we saw in them in 2009 TN, obviously wasn’t there.

      slg - 2011-08-15 16:59

      It's way too late.

  • MB1810 - 2011-08-15 13:31

    I'm just glad Sport24 finally dug up a new picture of Jake, I was starting to get annoyed with that close up where it seems like Jake is smelling something unpleasant. He is right though, the guys are not looking fit enough to last a full 80 minutes, if by some miracle we somehow reach the knock out stages and a game needs to go to extra time, the guys are doomed!

  • imod - 2011-08-15 13:36

    Jake, not again! Every time the boks do badly you seem to pop up and make comments that are better left unsaid. it's easy to say something negative when things are going badly, and cumon to keep bashing players that made you a world cup winning coach is unecessary. Why not support the team instead?

  • Elna - 2011-08-15 13:41

    dankie oom jake jy prt waar....jake ken rugby coolio jys blind of deur die kak

  • bokgat1 - 2011-08-15 13:43

    Dear Jake, your application to return as the coach of the Springboks has been rejected, please have a good time in Australia and try to keep that fat trap shut!

  • tommy 2 - 2011-08-15 13:43

    Can you please shut the F..k up jake. You should worry about the Brumbies.....

  • Trollie101 - 2011-08-15 13:45

    Jake should keep quiet only if PDV could speak!!!

  • GTFO - 2011-08-15 13:48

    Im sorry but jake knows what he is talking about, i bet if he had the oppertunity to coach the Aussies, they would thrash us!!! he predicted this outcome, you can not compare our top 15 now to what they were 4 years ago, i see i shaky WC for us. good luck boks. hope you win it.

      Trollie101 - 2011-08-15 13:51

      I agree! he has the cup, PDV is still playing with Jakes men and structures. If it works then Jake actually has 2 cups

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 14:22

      Jake white had 20 coaches that knew what they were talking about. the rest of the time Jake was pretending to be any analyst. I’ve seen his show where he analysed teams in the super 12 he would tell you what tactics he would use. and every week it was the same k*k tactics. kick the ball bash it up don’t play in your half. wait! That’s the same crap SA played till jones got involved.

  • Triplestrong - 2011-08-15 13:57

    Jake won the World Cup thanks to Rassie taking the WEEPEE job and Eddie Jones coming in. Hats off to Jake, he won because he had the right support staff. The fact is without Eddie, we would have nothing. I would think it would be better for him to send advice directly to PDV than sprout in the media And Jake. . . . . . . I doubt you will ever coach any country again, you have noticed how none have been interested in you? Which country in their right might would take the risk of employing you, so that you can publish a sensational "kiss and tell" book directly after your contract expires. . . . . . . . BOTTOM LINE YOU TALK TOO MUCH!!!

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 14:31

      100% correct after the world cup aus and england were looking for a new coach, neither wanted white. England hired Johnson who had no coaching experience.

  • Indomitable Momo - 2011-08-15 13:57

    I seem to remember the that the Boks were really vrot in the Tri Nations just before he World Cup. So vrot were they that certain people were calling for Jakes head and he was saying just be calm the Tri Nations is not the goal. Please follow your own advice.

      Hjjammer - 2011-08-17 15:14

      You have know idea...he had another 4 games after tri nations and he never treated any of us like idiots. We knew his game plan and he made this very clear to all of us. He had a plan and stuck to it! It paid off and brought home the world cup. He spoke of the importance of defence and the made everyone very aware that was the basis of winning the world cup. All Blacks playing Australia a couple of weeks back looked very much like the 2007 bokke. Stats even showed how Australia dominated that game but the AB won easily. Funny how those stats are so similar to ones we used to produce. Feeding off another teams mistakes. Bringing in a defence coach a month and half before the world cup is not good enough and how the hell can we be sattisfied with such poor results. Again I say JW had a plan and it worked and in my opinion is one the best coaches we ever had. If you think of what team he inherrited when taking over and what a shambles SA rugby was in at that stage and he built this team we have now from scratch! PD is a joke and an embarresment to SA rugby. I get to watch Sky sports and different commentry to you and I can tell you knowone in any rugby circle has any respect for PD.

  • jmexsen - 2011-08-15 13:58

    jake hou jou vark bek man....Jy het altyd negatiewe woorde om te se.....Jou span het dieselfde gespeel in die trinations voor julle frankryk toe was

  • Kagiso - 2011-08-15 14:00

    Read your book Jake, funny that half the book addressed stuff said in the media by other coaches, former players, and journalists. You also discouraged your players from becoming "rent a quote" boks when they retired, yet here you are doing exactly what you asked your players not to do. You are entitled to your opinion but when you despised things said in the media so much during your tenure why are you so vocal In P Divvy's tenure?

      InternetMan - 2011-08-15 17:22

      Yeah i also read his book. He is a hypocrite of the highest order as well as a cry baby. He usually chooses to cry about things and get attention rather than sorting it out.

  • Babs Visser - 2011-08-15 14:04

    The boks can forget about the WC, they play rugby like a lot of 60 year old women, ask me I had my 60th birthday on Saturday and knew long before halftime where they were going with this game (which was nowhere)

      Marlin - 2011-08-15 14:15

      Maybe they learnt smething from the SA CRICKET team to not be chokers,Loose now and win at the RWC.

  • jk - 2011-08-15 14:07

    where did he get those knop stores jeans...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-15 14:09

      The same place you get your rugby predictions from jk

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 14:45

      Waarvoor staan jk? Joachim Koekemoer?

  • Bootman - 2011-08-15 14:10

    Jake the snake at it again.

  • Mark - 2011-08-15 14:11

    Jake White has had nothing good to say about the Springboks since he left...lets stop paying attention to his opinion and get on with doing our own thing...

  • The Boss - 2011-08-15 14:11

    Jake you are the best ! I for one cant wait to see the Boks fall completely down the ladder. Not to mention the management. In for a penny in for a pound. Money money and money

  • truthhonesty - 2011-08-15 14:12

    they gonna loose with the coach we have now he is a small little man

  • Babs Visser - 2011-08-15 14:12

    The Boks can forget about the WC, the Tri-nations has been a nightmare so far, the game played on Saturday was no better than the two previous games played with the inexperienced teams (so called because they also under performed) They play like a lot of 60 year old women, I am a sixty year old woman and could see long before halftime where this game was going (which was nowhere as usual) and I can for the life of me not see that anything can change in the upcoming game.

  • jk - 2011-08-15 14:23

    where did jake bought those jeans- knop stores?

      Raka13 - 2011-08-15 15:15


  • Andrew - 2011-08-15 14:25

    I was shocked to see the additional weight that Frans Steyn was carrying. Hey I am hardly someone to talk but coming out the tunnel clearly he had a boep, the lad used to be in fine shape. I know he has been overseas and largely out of the camp but for a "backline" player he certainly had fattened up rather than bulked out.

  • AndV - 2011-08-15 14:32

    Jake, pls shut up! If it was'nt for your friend Eddie Jones, the Boks would not have made it. Eddie deserves the credit for the Bok's win.

  • Deon - 2011-08-15 14:33

    @Coolio, PDV is still playing with the successes of Jake Somewhere a saying goes like "ploughing with someone else's cows". Those cows are busy to become less and less and I do not see any new faces coming through - SORRY!

  • Daantjie Beneek - 2011-08-15 14:34

    I would just like to bring under everyone's attentions that in the last world cup, we didn't face the All Blacks, Wallabies or France, but instead we got Argentina in semis and an already battered England side in the finals. If you could've picked a way to the final, that would be it. So what I'm saying is, Jake White is in my opinion not the "rugby god" he claims to be. He never played provincial rugby. He lost 49-0 against Australia. We almost lost to Tonga in the World Cup. He persisted with players like Jaco van der Westhuyzen for a few years. He got lucky in the World cup with the draw. Please, take these holier than though criticisms from Jake White into consideration!

  • steam_engine - 2011-08-15 14:36

    I am not surprised by Jake's comments!! I am not so sure his comments are rugby motivated. To me, it seems like his comments are politically biased. For example, during his tenure he made many excuses to avoid the selection of Luke Watson(just because he is the son of Cheeky Watson) and wen't on to select Kabamba who was much shorter than Luke as his criteria was to have many line-out options(which means if he was still in charge Brussouw wouldn't be there). And now it seems like he is making sure to destroy PDV's reputation since he is a non-white. He comments as if he is the god of rugby!!

  • Big Koos - 2011-08-15 14:42

    Jake didnot win the world cup for us but Eddie Jones. If Div would have the same money as Jake he could win the world cup for us.

  • Carl - 2011-08-15 14:59

    Alfred and you guys even watch rugby? or did you live in a cave while Jake was in charge? Jake has a job on websites and news forums because anyone who is anyone that has any rugby sense be it local or international knows how good he is and his ability to read the game and players. PDV is just riding the remainder of Jakes wave...hopefully to another world cup victory (not because of the coach but pure natural skill of the players) after which he gets a phone call saying he has been fired -cause thats what we do to world cup winning coaches!

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-15 15:17

      yes thats why the Aus rugby union hired Jake for the wallabies no wait they hired Robbie Deans. oh wait no england hired White no wait they hired an inexperienced coach ahead of him. If Div he is riding the wave of "pure natural skills" why do they need coaching from rassie, and why is it divs fault when they lose. Why did they need White? in 2006 these same players with their "pure natural talent" looked like a bunch of fools under White.Only after Jones got involved was there an improvement.But wait it wasnt jones it was the players "pure natural skills"..go talk your kaas somewhere else.

  • BlueSilver - 2011-08-15 15:13

    Baai - baai Jake White!! Jy raak nou vervelig!! Tyd vir jou om aan te beweeg, gaan couch jou nuwe span!

  • Keith3663 - 2011-08-15 16:15

    Give Jake a Bells .... Sorry misprint, Give Jake a nappy!!

  • roboman1 - 2011-08-15 17:11

    Divvie got a world champion team and seems to be struggling. Jake got a rubbish team and turned them into world champions, thats the difference people. I am supporting Divvie for this world cup, but Jake definitely has the right to express perspectives on this matter

  • flat bier - 2011-08-15 17:13

    Sometimes it feels like PDiv is out to kill the Springbok....he is an ANC puppet.

  • Stefan Pretorius - 2011-08-15 17:41

    Who cares who said it (Jake or anybody else) ? Truth is truth, and everybody sees it, but PdiV. PdiV should ask for forgiveness to his players, His substitutions cost them the game ! Please, could somebody just draw him a picture of a propper prop - John Smith is not a prop, and will never be.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 17:52

    I think Jake has a good point. It stands to reason if the bulk of the team is not match fit we cannot expect match fit performances. Maybe a bit more training at franchise level and some game time would be good for all the guys

  • Kusile - 2011-08-15 18:24

    I use to feel sorry for the guy when people were calling for his head because of poor perfomances by the Boks, they almost recalled him in that end of the year tour where he was forced to come back and explain. I've lost respect for this guy bcoz i thought he would understand what Div is going through as he was in the same situation back then :-(

  • Uncle - 2011-08-15 18:55

    What an eye-opener Jake!! Thanks mate, you are the only one that saw that the Boks ran out of steam in the last 20 minutes. Why give this guy publicity for saying nothing?? Gag him like Malema should be.

  • Enough - 2011-08-15 22:07

    Listen to the guy - the scoreboard is on his side (from an ex-player).

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-16 09:09

      ooooooh an ex-player.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-16 02:03

    This Jake guy has a lot to say lately! I think he is patting himself on the shoulder, saying: " Look what great coach I was in 2007; much better than the present lot!" Well, it may be so that the present coaching staff is pathetic, but you can do the decent thing, Mr White, AND KEEP QUIET! Criticism could have worked if you were someone else, but it is pathetic to critisie your successor!

  • Kevin - 2011-08-16 09:20

    Jake is right, what is pathetic are all the comments about Jake and racism. Jake won the World Cup for South Africa he clearly knows something about coaching. He coaches in Australia because of the raw deal he received from SA Rugby in their indecent haste to find non-white coach. Having read how Jannie Du Plessis spends a normal week, he is not spending enough time on aerobic fitness, notwitstanding he is paid professional. Whilst I understand he needs to keep his skills as a doctor in place, he cannot do justice to two demanding professions. Since he doesn't miss any rugby practices all his Sharks colleagues who do as he does are short on fitness.

  • Neil - 2011-08-16 09:57

    I don't understand why anyone needs to can Jake. Hey guys - he was the coach under whose guidance we won the World Cup. I get the feeling Jake is just too 'White' for some and possibly too English for others. But in my opinion only idiots sack World Cup winning coaches and - I hope I'm wrong - a month ahead of WC 2011 it looks like the chickens are coming home to roost.

  • Jason - 2011-08-17 09:28

    Words of a true OZ chop,ur a sell out...but we aint buying!

  • int1m1d4t0r - 2011-08-17 11:19

    Jake... no one cares what you think now... enjoy Australia.

  • J.D. - 2011-08-17 14:08

    Enigste rede hoekom PDV nog daar is , is omdat hy die ondersteuning van die raad het, geen politieke inmenging nie, geen BEE-druk nie. Om jou eerste jaar so goed te doen met 'n "World Cup Winning" squad is geen prestasie nie, na 4 jr werk Jake se spelers en strukture nie meer nie, en nou sit ons met PDV wat planloos is. Kan ook net so lank staat maak op 'n vorige legende se resep