White to quit SA rugby
By Tarryn Le Chat
12 September 2006
Springbok coach, Jake White, has revealed he has abandoned efforts to stay in charge until the Lions tour of 2009 and is set to quit after next year’s World Cup.
White exclaims the immense pressure from the job, and said that when he has time to reflect that is when he realises the price you pay in other areas for doing the job.
In an exclusive interview, the Cape Times reports that the main reason for White’s departure next year is the toll and strain his family has taken with him being away most of the time.
White elaborates, “Long absences from my family and home has taken its toll. It wouldn’t be fair even to think about staying”.
According to the report, the Bok coach also spoke frankly about the Tri-Nations season, his own thoughts on 2006 and where he believes Springbok rugby now stands.
“A lot of our players are talking to overseas clubs in one way or another. The coach of one English Premiership club was in South Africa recently talking to John Smit”, said White.
Of the positives arising from the difficult year, White highlighted the fact that the World Cup is still within range.