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Former Springboks coach Jake White appointed Director of Rugby with Blue Bulls


Jake White is pictured with the Webb Ellis Cup

Jake White is pictured with the Webb Ellis Cup

Jake White is pictured with the Webb Ellis Cup

Former South African World Cup-winning coach Jake White has been appointed as director of rugby with the Blue Bulls.

The well-travelled White, who was was linked with the Ireland job before and after Joe Schmidt's tenure in charge, returns to Super Rugby, where he previously worked with the Brumbies and the Sharks.

The 56-year-old, who led the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, has joined the Bulls effective immediately, in a deal that will run until the 2023 World Cup.

White was most recently coaching in Japan with Toyota Verblitz, the club which recently departed All Blacks captain Kieran Read has joined.

Since leaving Super Rugby in 2014, White has also worked with Tonga and Montpellier in the Top 14.

The Bulls have endured a tough start to the Super Rugby season, winning just one of their six games before Covid-19 forced the postponement of the tournament.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is a product of the Bulls system, and White will be hoping to help make the club a force again, but he warned that it "won't be easy."

"The Bulls brand has always been a powerhouse in rugby, and respected around the world," he said.

"There's a great history and heritage here, and I’m looking forward to adding my contribution to the Bulls' legacy.

"The shareholders, together with the staff, have an amazing ambition to not only take the Bulls back to number one, but also re-invent and re-mould the face of rugby in this country.

"We need to re-build a winning culture at Loftus, and that will no doubt bring the fans back to their beloved Loftus Versfeld. This won’t be easy, but we are up for it.

"It's no secret that our franchise rugby needs to be strong for the Boks to be strong. I’m looking forward to doing whatever it takes help keep them at number one."

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