White outlines next season’s plans for Sharks

2013-11-23 00:00

JAKE White has outlined his plans for the Sharks Super Rugby season and successful Currie Cup coaches Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt will be part of his coaching team.

Macleod-Henderson and Everitt, under director of coaching Brendan Venter, steered the Sharks to their first Currie Cup title win since 2010.

White, the Sharks’ new director of rugby, said that Paul Anthony, the former Blue Bulls junior rugby coach, would take charge of the forwards, Macleod-Henderson will be the technical analyst and Everitt is to work with the backs. White said he would concentrate on defence while he would also bring in specialists to help the players and coaches.

The former Springbok coach said that he had told the Sharks that they were going to win the Super Rugby title, but only if they were prepared to work at reaching their target.

“If they don’t believe they can win, then it is not going to happen. But it will need head-down-bum-up, hard work. That was the motto we had at the Brumbies and that is all any loyal supporter wants to see. If we work hard, put the hours in, prepare, and do whatever we can to the best we can, then the success will come.”

White told the Sharks website that he had turned the Springbok failures of 2003 into Rugby World Cup champions in 2007 while he also steered a young Brumbies team to the Super Rugby final this year.

In coming to Durban he was taking over the Currie Cup champions, but there was work to be done.

“I may have taken over a great franchise, but they came eighth in the Super Rugby tournament this year and came fourth out of five South African franchises. That is all I’ve said to these boys — let’s just make sure that we work harder than everyone else.”

The Sharks not involved with the Springboks returned to training this week after a three-week break following the Currie Cup final and White said the hard work had started.

“I get here early at seven in the morning and leave at six at night. That’s just because there is such a lot of stuff to do. When you start in a new environment you’ve got to make sure everything is in place.

“But I’m just really chuffed to be here, it’s great to be back in South Africa, and I’m excited to be at the Sharks and see what is possible here.”

White described the talent available at the Sharks as “phenomenal”.

“There is unbelievable talent here, from the 19-year-olds right up to Springboks.”

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