Jake: Franchise strength key for Boks

Newly appointed Vodacom Bulls director of rugby Jake White says he is looking forward to doing whatever it takes to help keep the Boks at No 1.

White was at the helm of the Boks when they lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time back in 2007, and has fulfilled various coaching roles since then.

However, on Wednesday his return to South African rugby was confirmed when he was officially unveiled as the Bulls’ new director of rugby.

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Commenting on his return to the local landscape, White said: ‘The Bulls brand has always been a powerhouse in rugby, and respected around the world.

‘There’s a great history and heritage here, and I’m looking forward to adding my contribution to the Bulls’ legacy. The shareholders, Remgro, Patrice Motsepe and the BBRU, together with the staff, have an amazing ambition to not only take the Bulls back to number one, but also reinvent and remould the face of rugby in this country.

‘We need to rebuild a winning culture at Loftus, and that will no doubt bring the fans back to their beloved Loftus Versfeld. This won’t be easy, but we are up for it.’

The former Bok coach also emphasised he is keen to do his bit to indirectly contribute to the national set-up.

‘It’s no secret that our franchise rugby needs to be strong for the Boks to be strong. I’m looking forward to doing whatever it takes help keep them at No 1.’

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Craig Lewis