White and Sharks part ways

Date published: September 30 2014

The Sharks’ director of rugby, Jake White, will step down from his role after just one season in charge of the Durban-based franchise.

In his first season at the helm of the Sharks he achieved immediate results, winning the local conference and eventually ending third in 2014’s Super Rugby tournament.

White was also tasked to up-skill the young coaches as well as tidy up all rugby structures across the board from the Sharks Academy all the way to their senior team.

Initially it was thought this would take some time. However being allowed to concentrate on these tasks during the Currie Cup has fast tracked the process and the Sharks’ Super Rugby squad is in place and their pre-season plan ready to go.

According to the a report on the Sharks’ official website, the mentoring role White has played to the franchise’s coaches has been invaluable and the time is right for the former Springbok coach to free himself up for any international coaching and consulting opportunities.

The 2015 RWC is just months away. White will also have the opportunity to move back to his home city of Cape Town, which will bring him closer to his family after a number of years away.

With this in mind White will be free to come back and continue the monitoring of his systems and where appropriate consult to the Sharks.

The Sharks’ CEO, John Smit said: “Jake and I have known each other a long time and were very frank in our discussions regarding this Sharks opportunity back in 2013.

“Jake was excited to implement change as well as be involved with South Africa’s most talented squad but from the outset stated his ambition to be on the international stage again and I was all too happy to have him for however long we could.

“What he has achieved for us in such a short time is incredible and our staff and players have learned a huge amount.”

White said that although he was leaving Durban sooner than anticipated, he was satisfied that his short-term goals had been achieved, chiefly finishing in the top four of Super Rugby, putting coaching structures in place and aiding coaches development.

“I was offered an exciting challenge in a great rugby city,” he said.

“I believe we put together some excellent structures under new chief executive John Smit, who was always supportive.

“I’m closing this chapter in my life as I believe it is the right time to do so. I want to thank and acknowledge The Sharks for my time spent with the team.”