Jake fumes at Bok shortlist

2007-10-29 22:44

Johannesburg - Springbok coach Jake White is said to be furious after South African rugby administrators began searching for his successor without first negotiating with him as stipulated in his contract.

A shortlist of four names was drawn up at a planning session on Monday. Johan Prinsloo, chief executive of the SA Rugby Union, later confirmed that White's name was not among the four.

White was allegedly furious when he heard about it. His contract with SA Rugby expires at the end of the year and he has not applied for the job, which was advertised shortly before the Rugby World Cup final in France.

It seems there is a clause in his contract that makes it unnecessary for him to apply for his own job. It also stipulates that the administrators must first ask him whether he would like to stay on.

"Jake has not applied," Prinsloo said on Monday. "The committee was told to discuss only the names of those who applied. That was done and it was decided to draw up a shortlist of four names."

Prinsloo did not say exactly how many applications had been received. "I think there were about 26 or 28," he said.

He was also not in a position to reveal the names on the shortlist or to say when White's successor would be announced.

"The candidates have to be notified first. The process is being driven by Andy Marinos (manager of national teams) and he has to contact them first."

Not considered a candidate

Among the coaches who have indicated that they would be interested in the job are Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, assistant Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, the SA Under-21 coach Pieter de Villiers and former Springbok wing and Cats coach Chester Williams.

"I expect an announcement to be made early in December," Prinsloo said.

If White is not considered as a candidate, he will coach the Springboks for the last time when they play Wales in Cardiff (November 24) and the Barbarians in London (December 1).

If the new coach is named only in December, it means he won't accompany the team overseas as was originally rumoured.

Since the Springboks won the Webb Ellis Cup there has been pressure on SA Rugby to retain White as coach.

However, the organisation said in a short statement on Monday that SA Rugby had recently met with White and was able to confirm that he felt he did not want to make a decision about his future at this stage.

White, who had made it clear during the World Cup tournament that he would want the best players to be at his disposal should he stay on as coach, has been reported to be considering offers from abroad.

Wales and Australia are looking for a new coach and they are looking at White after hearing that he was eager to remain coaching at international level.

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