White quits Brumbies
- 25 Sep 2013
Jake White was sensationally granted an early release from his contract at the Brumbies and immediately speculation started mounting as to his next move.
Early reports linked him to the Sharks, where John Smit, the 2007 World Cup-winning captain, was appointed as chief executive in April this year. The Sharks are without a confirmed coach for the 2014 Super Rugby season following the departure of John Plumtree.
The Stormers, who have Allister Coetzee at the helm, have disappointed in recent seasons although White and Coetzee teamed up to guide the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup title. One possibility could be to have White installed as director of rugby, and being employed in a role whereby he assists Coetzee in developing Stormers and Western Province rugby.
Another option, should White look to continue living overseas, could be France's Clermont club, where head coach Vern Clotter is leaving to become head coach of Scotland.
White joined the Brumbies in 2011 and immediately set about restoring the franchise to its former glories. In this 2013 season he helped them reach the Super Rugby final, where they lost a thriller 27-22 against the Chiefs after leading 16-9 at half-time. He was named Super Rugby Coach of the Year for his efforts.
It is believed that White was keen on the Wallabies job following the exit of Robbie Deans, but that decision was taken out of his hands when Ewen McKenzie was appointed.
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