White’s impressive CV
- 25 Sep 2013
Jake White has had an outstanding career as a professional rugby coach, and he's not done yet.
White took over a Brumbies side at the beginning of the 2012 season that was a shadow of their former selves. They had finished 13th overall at the end of the 2011 season and White was called in to right to the ship.
His first season in charge saw vast improvements and the young Brumbies side finished just outside the play-off spots, in seventh position. The team grew in confidence. Canberra had once again become an intimidating venue to visit and in 2013 White's team won the Australian conference and finished third on the overall log. They went on to win an away semi-final in Pretoria, before going down to the Chiefs in the Hamilton final.
White had not had a professional coaching job between winning the World Cup with the Springboks and his appointment as head coach of the Canberra outfit.
His time as the mastermind of the South African national team started in 2004 and culminated in them winning the 2007 World Cup final in Paris.
White tenure was far from smooth sailing as he was involved in a number of political battles within the boardroom. His record, however, was a good one and reflects as such: Played 54, won 36, lost 17 and drew one. This translates into a 67% win ratio.
His finest moment undoubtedly came in Paris when he was able to lift the Webb Ellis Cup with a number of players who he had worked with since they were U21s.
His previous coaching position, before being promoted to the Springbok job, was looking after the U21 Baby Boks. He forged a great relationship with players who he would later pick for senior honours.
He and his charges managed to win the 2002 U21 World Cup, which in hindsight appeared to be dress rehearsal for the coach and many of the players who were successful in the 2007 showpiece in France.
White has been recognised for his contribution to rugby by winning a number of awards, including Team of the Year (Springboks) in the Laureus awards in 2007, and Coach of the Year at the International Rugby Board awards in 2004 and 2007.
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