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New Bok coach

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SARU finally announced Jake White’s successor today – Pieter De Villiers edged out favourite Heyneke Meyer. Apparently he was chosen at least in part to show South African Rugby’s commitment to “transformation”; De Villiers is coloured, which qualifies him as “previously disadvantaged” in South Africa’s political lingua franca.

It’s tough on Meyer who has a Super 14 and a couple of Currie Cup Final wins under his belt. Then again De Villiers’s coaching background bears some resemblance to that of Jake White so perhaps it will prove to be a good appointment. I fear for De Villiers though as he has such a hard act to follow. If the Springboks are unable to maintain the high standards that they set for themselves in the World Cup fingers will be pointed at the new coach, who will be seen as little more than a token.

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January 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Boks win White’s final test in charge

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For me there is always a sense of ennui after a major sporting tournament. So I was not particularly looking forward to the game against Wales, especially after the furore over Jake White’s resignation, and did not get to see it as we had other plans.

It is good to see though that the team gave him a fitting send-off, beating Wales 34-12. Now all that’s left is the game against the Barbarians side next weekend and the White era will be over, at least as far as the Springboks go.

I am looking forward to reading his autobiography In Black and White (clever title that), which apparently gives the lowdown on the politicking behind the scenes by the likes of Luke Watson’s father Cheeky. The book was sold out when we went shopping yesterday and I have heard that more copies have been bought here than the latest Harry Potter instalment, which is no mean feat.

Should be a fascinating read.

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November 25, 2007 at 9:20 am

White resigns

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It certainly didn’t take long for South African rugby supporters to be brought down to earth after the Bok’s World Cup triumph – Jake White announced today that he would vacate his position after the Barbarians tour at the end of the year. Frankly it’s the mark of the quality of the man that he didn’t resign before the World Cup even began, considering the treatment meted out to him by the SA Rugby Union. This culminated in their bizarre selection of Western Province captain Luke Watson for the preliminary squad, despite the fact that White never wanted the player in the team. Inexplicably though Watson never made it to Paris – I suspect that White told SARU that if Watson was put in the final squad against his wishes, he would walk. Supposedly even SARU weren’t stupid enough to let the the national team’s coach resign on the eve of the World Cup.

The final straw for White must have been the announcement of the shortlist for the coach’s position, one that didn’t include his name. In any other country the administrators would be falling over themselves to keep the World Cup-winning coach in the job!

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October 31, 2007 at 11:04 pm