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Brumbies: Jake heart’s not in it


  • 26 Sep 2013
Brumbies coach Jake White Brumbies coach Jake White

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen and CEO Andrew Fagan could not persuade Jake White to stay in Canberra.

White asked to be released from the remaining two years of his contract as Brumbies head coach for personal reasons. According to The Canberra Times, the Brumbies granted his request because 'his heart's not in it'.

Fagan and Mowen spoke with White about his decision, but his mind was made up about staying in South Africa.

'I was aware things were bubbling under the surface and he was missing home quite a bit,' Mowen told Fairfax Media. 'He was missing his two boys, Clinton and Wes, and wanted to spend a lot more time with them. [White] wanted to know where I thought the Brumbies programme was at. I think we're in a great position of strength and the programme of a whole in the past two years has been fast-tracked.

‘But his thoughts moved to maybe this was the right time for him to step aside. He said there's never a right time, but there's a good time. And he has a lot of faith in this group taking it forward and it was a good time.’

White has been linked with several coaching jobs, including those at the Sharks, Stormers and French club Clermont.

Brumbies assistant coaches Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher are front-runners to replace White as head coach.

Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

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