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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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Written by macinjay

October 31, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Proteas cut down

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From sporting bliss to misery – the South African cricket team were knocked out of another major tournament during the round-robin stages. I’ve almost lost count of the number of times they have blown it in big world cup ties: 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, and now the T20 World Cup. While it was always going to be tough batting second under lights in Durban the fielding let them down badly last night. We also missed Jacques Kallis. It is criminal that a player of his class and experience was omitted from the squad.

Ah well, there’s always 2011.

Written by macinjay

September 21, 2007 at 8:16 am