Brumbies want Jake to pay for Sharks job

2014-05-21 00:00

THE Brumbies have taken to the courts in an attempt to get A$25 000 (R240 000) from Jake White for violating a non-compete clause in his contract with them after he bought his discharge half-way through his contract.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, White was served papers in Canberra the day before the Sharks lost to the Brumbies on May 10. The amount is understood to be the final portion of an estimated A$200 000 (about R1,93 million) White still owed the Brumbies after the balance of that amount was reportedly paid by the Sharks.

White quit as Brumbies coach in September last year, two seasons into his four-year deal. He said his failure to be appointed Wallabies coach was the main reason for his departure.

Under the terms of his agreement with the Canberra-based side, White was prohibited from coaching another Super Rugby side until the end of 2015.

Three days before the Sharks’ clash with the Brumbies, White said during a television interview he had became fully Australian when he moved to Canberra.

“I am an Aussie. This is why it was difficult to return to South Africa. My wife Lindy cried when I told her about the move.

“In the past coaching was a priority [for Australia]. Then things changed suddenly.

“Whether it was selfish or not, to return to South Africa suited me,” said White.

The Sharks could not be reached for comment.

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