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South Africans boost Whites.


This is the South African quartet that has helped put Queanbeyan on the verge of ending its grand final drought. But if Whites coach Adam Fahey has his way, he won’t see them again next season.

Date August 31, 2013
Jon Tuxworth

Sports reporter at The Canberra Times

HP Momsen, Altus Momsen, Marco Kotze and JP Smith.HP Momsen, Altus Momsen, Marco Kotze and JP Smith. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Nineteen-year-old twin centres Altus and HP Momsen, loosehead prop JP Smith and back rower Marco Kotze wound up in Queanbeyan through help from ACT Brumbies coach Jake White.

All four have been invited to the Brumbies’ pre-season training in October, and are key planks in Queanbeyan’s John I Dent Cup premiership charge.

On Saturday, Queanbeyan will vie for its first grand final appearance since its 2010 premiership in the preliminary final against Royals at Viking Park.


”I’d like to say yes [they’ll play for us next year] but they’re chasing their dream of playing at the highest level possible and we support that 100 per cent,” Fahey said. ”We’ll do everything we can to help them become professional rugby players.

”They’ve brought a good mix to our club, the serious nature of the way they approach their rugby and their South African sense of humour off it, which is unique at times.”

Western Force is increasingly looking to South Africa for talent to avoid bidding wars with sides on Australia’s east coast.

Fahey said the huge playing depth and multi-layer path to the top in their homeland makes Australia an attractive option for South Africans. ”They’re playing outside [Queanbeyan star] Robbie Coleman, a Super Rugby player at the Brumbies, and within three months they’ll potentially start training with the elite squad. That’s unheard of in South Africa – you have to go through three or four different levels to get looked at.

”We asked Jake if he knew of any quality players in positions we wanted to strengthen, and the ones who came here have paid off.”

HP Momsen admitted the South Africans were enjoying the more attacking style prevalent in Australia. ”Back home it’s more physical; we find there’s more running rugby here,” he said. ”It’s good for us, you can play with a bit more flair.

”In South Africa we had scholarship opportunities with the Sharks and Cheetahs, but they have 150 players in their squads and it’s more difficult to get into a Super Rugby team there.

”We want to play Super Rugby one day and it would be great if we can get into the Brumbies’ system.”

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Five South African born players to take on the Lions for the Brumbies.


In 2001, minus the majority of their stars away with the Wallabies, the Brumbies went pain-stakingly close to knocking the Lions over at Canberra Stadium. A late try to Austin Healey saved the Lions, who won 30-28, but it was a moment Brumbies supporters have not forgotten and will be hoping to go one better on Tuesday night.

Andrew Smith will start at inside centre for the Brumbies against the Lions.

Wallabies squad members Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio will join Canberra club star, Chris Cocca when the University of Canberra Brumbies take on the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.

An impressive season with Easts in Canberra’s John I Dent Cup has catapulted Cocca into the big time with the burly prop now set to tackle one of the world’s most respected set pieces.

Starting from an eight-man bench, Cocca is joined by fellow debutant prop, Jean-Pierre Smith as two of four new inclusions to the team which pummelled the Rebels two weeks ago. Smith’s identical twin brother, Ruan Smith, will start at loose-head prop.

Andrew Smith has also been included at inside-centre in his first match back since straining his hamstring against the Highlanders in round nine. He comes into the side for Pat McCabe who has been included in the Wallabies squad.

Mark Swanepoel comes onto the bench, with Ian Prior to start in place of Nic White who has a fractured scapular. The team will be skippered by Kimlin, who led the Brumbies to victory in the absence of White, two Friday’s ago against the Rebels.

“It’s fantastic for Chris that he has this opportunity to face the Lions. I’m sure he is still pinching himself,” Head Coach Jake White said.

“He’s been in fantastic form for Easts and deserves this shot at the Lions. It’s a bit of a new situation for us, with an eight-man bench, but JP [Jean-Pierre Smith] has been training with us for a month now and he’s comfortable with the job ahead of him.

“I think it’s a good indication that the competition in Canberra is becoming stronger, that we can take the local players and play them against a quality outfit like the Lions.

“In the backs it’s comforting to be able to include a guy like Andrew Smith, who’s got plenty of experience. With Tevita [Kuridrani], they form a big centre pairing and it will be interesting to see how they combine.

“This is a huge occasion for us as a team, but also individually. The Lions are one of rugby’s last romantic sides, there is plenty of history there and we know that beating the Lions will go down in Canberra’s rugby folk law for many years to come.”

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013
University of Canberra Brumbies v British and Irish Lions
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 7.30pm

University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ruan Smith
2. Siliva Siliva
3. Scott Sio
4. Leon Power
5. Sam Carter
6. Scott Fardy
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Peter Kimlin (c)
9. Ian Prior
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Andrew Smith
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg

16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Jean-Pierre Smith
18. Chris Cocca
19. Etienne Oosthuizen
20. Jordan Smiler
21. Mark Swanepoel
22. Robbie Coleman
23. Zack Holmes

Jake White Scholarship announced


A high-performing South African student will receive a chance to study in Australia under a new scholarship announced today.

By Brumbies Media Unit

Jake White chats with a fellow former South African representative, Clyde Rathbone.

The University of Canberra Brumbies Scholarship for General Excellence, known as the ‘Jake White Scholarship’, includes University of Canberra tuition fees, subsidised accommodation and an internship with the University of Canberra Brumbies Super Rugby side.

Students who are South African citizens with a strong academic and sporting records are eligible for the scholarship.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker joined Jake White to launch the scholarship after the University of Canberra Brumbies Captain’s Run in Durban.

“An international outlook and sports teaching and research are major parts of life at the University of Canberra,” Professor Parker said.

“South Africans and Australians have a lot in common: we both love rugby and we both value education. I hope by giving a young South African rugby player an opportunity to study in Australia we can strengthen the links between our nations.

“University of Canberra is proud of its professional education, applied research and community links in all areas, but especially in sport. Our partnership with the Brumbies is innovative and unlike any other sponsorship arrangement in professional sport, the mutual benefits are significant and the potential is huge.”

The Brumbies will soon relocate to the University of Canberra campus as part of a unique multimillion dollar ‘sports hub’.

Jake White, who is an adjunct professor with the University, welcomed the Scholarship.

“For many students, this scholarship will be 100 per cent life changing. UC has a proven track record of placing students in good jobs and it’s exciting to think that South Africans are now able to enjoy that system too,” he said.

“I’m constantly amazed at the amount of South Africans who ask me about how they can get their own children into the University of Canberra once they’ve finished school. Emails, phone calls and letters, you name it, people are contacting me saying that they want their children to be given the best education possible.

“It’s fantastic to be making the announcement of the Jake White Scholarship today and I look forward to seeing plenty of South African students take on the challenge of living and studying in Canberra in the future.”

About the scholarship

Selection will be based on a written statement which outlines the applicant’s academic and sporting achievements.
The scholarship includes

• A fully funded full-time degree at the University of Canberra (up to a maximum of three years).
• A one-off reimbursement of $1,500 to assist with relocation costs.
• Subsidised on campus accommodation at the University of Canberra
• Access to internship opportunities with Brumbies Rugby. (of at least 10 hours per week during semester)

More information is online at: www.canberra.edu.au/jakewhite

Brumbies offers ‘Jake White Scholarship’ to South African students


A high-performing South African student will receive a chance to study in Australia under a new scholarship announced today.

Welcome Professor Jake White


Jake White has been recognised as an Adjunct Professor by the University of Canberra, with the Brumbies Principal Partner keen to use his expert rugby knowledge for the betterment of their institution.

Brumbies coach Jake White not happy with Robbie Deans’ Wallabies plans


BEWILDERED Brumbies coach Jake White believes Wallabies plans to strip Australian Super Rugby teams of their Test players for crucial penultimate round matches are blatantly unfair.

  • by:Jim Morton
  • From:AAP
  • January 30, 2013 3:29pm
  • Brumbies coach Jake White

Jake White says the Brumbies will suffer most if Robbie Deans gets his way and players are plucked early for a Wallabies training camp. Picture: Kym SmithSource: The Daily Telegraph

White has joined his Queensland and NSW counterparts – Ewen McKenzie and Michael Cheika – in opposing Robbie Deans’ wish to put his Test squad into an extended three-week camp before the British and Irish Lions series in June.

But the former South Africa coach believes it’s the Brumbies who will pay the biggest price if the ARU decide to quarantine Test players, even though he expects the Reds and Waratahs to have more chosen.

The Brumbies are scheduled to meet the Melbourne Rebels on June 7 in Canberra – 15 days before the first Wallabies-Lions Test – in their second last fixture match and desperately want the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander and Pat McCabe available.
The same weekend, NSW play the Western Force in Perth while Queensland, who have a Super bye, host the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

Still tormented by missing last season’s finals by one point following a last-round upset loss to the Blues, White said every competition point would be hugely important to his team’s play-off hopes that late in the competition.

“Last year in the last round our whole season changed so I find it highly unlikely that in the last rounds this year that the expectations from anybody would not be to play your best teams,” he told AAP.

“We’re all happy to help (the Wallabies) but it’s making sure everyone wins. We can’t have this situation.”
McKenzie has said he’d be prepared to compromise by allowing Test players to start their camp on June 2 in the hope they’d be released towards the end of the week to play that weekend.

But that would not appease 2007 World Cup winner White who feels he needs his young, improving side together for a full week to prepare for their clash with the Rebels.

“Ewen is in a different situation because he’s talking about a Lions (tour) game and he also has a very settled team,” he said.

“It makes no difference if one guy (Quade Cooper) boxes one Saturday and plays the next Saturday – there’s not many teams who can afford that.

“The Waratahs have a Wallaby pack of forwards who play together every Saturday – if it’s not for the Waratahs it’s for the Wallabies.

“We’re in a very different situation.

“We can’t afford to lose four guys or five guys and then by Saturday they’re back to play.”

The Brumbies provided eight of 49 players to a Wallabies logistics camp this month and they have no issue with resting Test players from their Lions tour clash on June 18.

White confirmed Pocock would make his Brumbies debut this Friday night against his old Force teammates in a Darwin trial.

Former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone will also make his comeback, playing at centre outside playmakers Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano who will trial at 10 and 12 with McCabe (neck) sidelined until round four.

Execution over innovation


It is a term one of the most successful coaches of Springbok rugby used on the magazine show Boots & All last night to describe Heyneke Meyer and our current Springbok playing style.

Where will it stop?


It is one thing to look for sympathy when you have to deal with a hand you were dealt, but you will find very little if the position you find yourself in was because of your own doing.

Wallabies forwards get rev-up from White


SPRINGBOKS World Cup-winning coach Jake White has called on the Wallabies forwards to dramatically lift their standards against South Africa tomorrow night, otherwise they will suffer their third straight humiliating Test loss.

"The real issue is the Wallabies forwards are not gaining any ascendancy at the gain line so the backs have no platform to launch attacking raids" ... Jake White.

“The real issue is the Wallabies forwards are not gaining any ascendancy at the gain line so the backs have no platform to launch attacking raids” … Jake White. Photo: Getty Images

The now Brumbies coach believes the Wallabies forwards’ inability to dominate the gain line battle has made it virtually impossible for the Australian attack to perform.

White is not hiding from these comments, instead giving the team a jarring rev-up for tomorrow night’s Perth Test, with revealing statistics that emphasise how impotent the Wallabies forwards were in the two Bledisloe Cup Tests.

White, who was involved in 11 internationals against the Wallabies while Springboks coach between 2004 and 2007, makes the telling point that Radike Samo made more metres in one international last year than the whole Wallabies pack combined in the Sydney and Auckland losses.


”Some of the statistics from the recent Bledisloe Cup clashes are mind blowing,” White wrote. ”In two Tests the Wallabies forwards carried the ball just 80 metres (50 in Sydney then 30 in Auckland), while the All Blacks forwards carried for 225 metres – almost three times as much.

”Much criticism has been aimed at the Wallabies attack for failing to score a try in Auckland, but it may not be the backs’ fault. The real issue is the Wallabies forwards are not gaining any ascendancy at the gain line so the backs have no platform to launch attacking raids.

”The backs can be creative as they like, and the Wallabies back line is full of creative players, but without the time and space to execute their attack they were easily closed down by the All Blacks.

”There could be two reasons for this. Either the Wallabies, in their desperation to attack, are getting the ball to the backs too often or the forwards are being given the ball but can’t gain any ascendancy. The latter isn’t surprising as they are missing some of their best ball carriers.” This includes Wycliff Palu and James Horwill, who are both injured, while Tatafu Polota-Nau and Samo hasn’t started every Test.

”In one run last year against the All Blacks in Brisbane, Radike Samo carried the ball more than the entire Wallabies pack in the first two clashes this season. Whatever the cause, the Wallabies must go forward.”

White said the Springboks had ”the opposite problem”. Their forwards were carrying the ball too much, and so their attack ”is one dimensional, and, as we saw in Mendoza against Argentina, easily contained”. This is because Heyneke Meyer ”is using the Bulls game plan, based around forward power and gaining a physical edge over opponents”.

The Wallabies forward woes do not end there. Hooker Stephen Moore was yesterday ruled out due to a hamstring injury. As a result of the strain, Polota-Nau will return to the starting line-up, with Saia Faingaa moving onto the reserves bench.

At least tight-head prop Ben Alexander is prepared, explaining he was not distracted by all the speculation over the future of beleaguered coach Robbie Deans, whose position will be placed under greater scrutiny if they lose to the Springboks.

”We feel a responsibility for the side not performing, and our concern is that we play well for our country,” Alexander said. ”The criticism of Robbie hurts us too because its a reflection of us and how we didn’t do a great job representing our country [against the All Blacks].”

Meanwhile, Dan Carter’s Wellington jinx has continued after being ruled out of the All Blacks team to face Argentina tomorrow. Carter strained his left calf muscle at an indoor training session on Thursday morning and will be replaced in the starting No.10 jersey by Aaron Cruden.

Beauden Barrett, who has trained with the squad this week, will come onto the reserve bench.

with AAP

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White expresses concern over Meyer’s ‘style’


There’s a problem with Heyneke Meyer’s Springbok coaching style, says former Bok mentor, Jake White.

‘No-name’ Brumbies to test Wales, says White


In Jake White’s own words, his “no-name” Brumbies have been lumped with a huge challenge to take down the second-best side that Six Nations champions Wales can muster in their mid-week tour match on Tuesday.

By , 12 Jun 2012

But the Brumbies coach insists his squad have made a habit of performing beyond the merits of their CVs this Super Rugby season and are confident they can keep Wales winless two games into their Australian visit.

Five days out from their second Test against the Wallabies, Wales have named a second-tier outfit to take on White’s Brumbies, with lock Luke Charteris the only starting player to back up from their 27-19 first Test loss.

Two others, hooker Ken Owens and five-eighth Rhys Priestland, will start from the bench.

But White maintains there’s plenty to be wary of in the Welsh squad, particularly up against a Brumbies’ side light on Super Rugby experience, let alone international caps.

“Take a look at the records and the Test caps they’ve got,” White said on Monday.

“(Five-eighth James) Hook has got over 60 Test caps, you know, and their lock pairing have got over 100 Test caps, so if you compare that to what we have … we’ve got a relatively young and inexperienced team.

“But that’s nothing that we’re not used to.

“We started the campaign playing the (Western) Force on the first weekend and they had six Wallabies in their pack and we had a bunch of no-name brands (the Brumbies won 19-17).

“So it might be a big ask, but (we’re calling on these young players) to step up to the plate and take a chance.”

With eight Brumbies on Wallabies duty, the Wales game looms as a golden opportunity for some of the youngsters to make their presence felt, with three making their run-on debuts for the year and another six making game debuts.

The game also gives White an opportunity to test combinations out, particularly Andrew Smith and Tevita Kuridrani in the centres.

The Brumbies will have to re-jig their backline when they return to the Super Rugby season against the Force in Perth on June 30, after regular winger Joe Tomane went down with an ankle injury while training with the Wallabies.

“They’re a little bit like Pat McCabe and Anthony Faingaa in terms of the way they play, so it’ll be interesting to see how that combination comes off,” White said.

“It gives us a chance to see what Andrew Smith can do at No.12.”

Caretaker Wales coach Rob Howley is meanwhile hopeful a desperate performance from the mid-week side will boot Wales’ Australian tour back into action.

“The mid-week side becomes very important in terms of attitude and this group were out training at 9am the morning after the first Test,” he told PA.

“Some of the boys are backing up (the main squad) but we are confident in our fitness and where we are with this team because they’ve already had a game against the Barbarians.”

The tour match kicks off at 7.30pm (AEST) at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday.

    University of Canberra Brumbies
    1. Ruaidhri Murphy
    2. Anthony Hegarty
    3. Scott Sio
    4. Leon Power
    5. Ben Hand (c)
    6. Peter Kimlin
    7. Colby Faingaa
    8. Ita Vaea
    9. Ian Prior
    10. Zack Holmes
    11. Kimami Sitauti
    12. Andrew Smith
    13. Tevita Kuridrani
    14. Cam Crawford
    15. Robbie Coleman

    16. Siliva Siliva
    17. JP Predaud
    18. Dylan Sigg
    19. Fotu Auelua
    20. Beau Mokoputo
    21. Tom Cox
    22. Jesse Mogg

© AAP 2012

Demons get taste of Jake White ‘magic’


He conquered international rugby and has led a Super Rugby revival in Canberra, but Jake White says he’s not preparing for a code swap to the AFL despite tasting instant success with the Melbourne Demons.

Chris Dutton
June 5, 2012

Brumbies head coach Jake White sat in the box with the Melbourne Demons last weekend.

The ACT Brumbies coach is fast becoming a lucky charm after ”joining” the Demons as they broke through for their first win of the AFL season last Saturday night.

The South African World Cup winner used his time in Victoria last week to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the oldest clubs in Australia to see how Demons mentor Mark Neeld operated.

It’s part of White’s plan to continue evolving as the Brumbies attempt to turn their early-season success into an unlikely finals berth when the Super Rugby competition resumes at the end of June.

He didn’t give an inspiration half-time speech to try to lift the struggling Demons. But White says his time at the MCG provided invaluable experience.

”I joked with them when I left and said, ‘sorry boys, I can’t come back down next week’,” White said.

”It was very interesting for me to see up there.

”They have 13 computers in the coaches’ box all going through statistics and analysis. All the development coaching staff was there and it was very professional.

”You can see how much work behind the scenes there are in terms of tactics.”

White flew to Japan yesterday for a brief stint with the NTT Communications club to see if there’s anything else he can pick up before returning to Canberra.

After the Brumbies beat the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night, White ordered his players to ”get away from rugby” to recharge before their finals bid.

But White is continuing his international and cross-code search for a competitive advantage.

Demons coach Neeld had been under the pump after failing to record a win in his debut AFL campaign. They were expected to lose again against one of the premiership favourites, Essendon.

However, they held on for a tight six-point win and emotion spilled over afterwards. White was in the changeroom when the players belted out the team song.

”To see a game like that and how they worked when it got close, was fantastic,” White said.

”It wasn’t so much about what I could take back to Canberra, it was about reaffirming certain things.

”I think what I learnt was just how much work goes in, how they get messages out and the staff you can add on match day.

”You can’t copy it, but you can use things, they’re big on stats and that was interesting.”

The Brumbies have been given a brief break before returning to training later this week.

They sit five points clear at the top of the Australian conference and their next Super Rugby game is against the Western Force in Perth on June 30.

However, White’s fringe players will get a chance to push for Super Rugby selection when the Brumbies play Wales in a mid-week clash at Canberra Stadium on June 12.

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Meyer about to face his biggest test


It might be a strange thing to say, but Heyneke Meyer is about to be tested in a way he has never been tested in before during his career as a professional coach, and it won’t be on a rugby field.

Brumbies re-sign talented 5


The University of Canberra Brumbies have taken huge steps towards retaining their promising young squad with the re-signing of five players on Wednesday.

White warns of big game hunt in South Africa


BRUMBIES coach Jake White has warned his young side to prepare for a baptism of fire during their two-match safari in South Africa.
Jon Tuxworth

April 16, 2012

The Brumbies fly out of Canberra today, and White expects the rugby-mad South Africans to try to unsettle his youthful squad.

White guided the Springboks to victory at the 2007 World Cup and is preparing to be heavily targeted when he returns to his homeland.

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After the Brumbies’ crucial 37-6 win over Melbourne Rebels on Saturday, White addressed the players on the reception they are likely to receive before their clash against the in-form Bulls at a hostile Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning (AEST).

”Let me warn you it’s going to be massive, they’re going to go for me I’m going to tell you right now,” White said. ”They’re going to try and unsettle the squad by having some sort of dig at me, whether it’s that I’ve deserted them … I don’t really know what they’ll try and do.

”But they’ll use whatever they can, not only to bring more people to the stadium but also to promote the game and to harp up the whole thing,” he said.

While White knows what to expect in South Africa, he admitted preparing his troops looms as a big coaching challenge. Only a handful of the young Brumbies squad have ever played in South Africa.

”That’s why I’m so glad this win [against Melbourne] comes now, because it helps me explain to the players what’s coming,” White said. ”What I will do in our team meetings is just pre-warn them about what’s coming, so they’re not overawed.

”But I will also explain the positives. The reality is they’re going to a rugby nation now who love their rugby, and will do everything they can to make sure they put the opposition under fire.

”Nothing untoward, nothing illegal, they just love their rugby, they want to win and will put pressure wherever they can. It’s something we have to handle, and that’s the uniqueness of going back to South Africa, as a South African coach, with a team that doesn’t understand it.”

White’s return to South Africa will be billed as a homecoming, but the man himself insists it should not be viewed that way.

”I’m going back to where I was born and where I coached, but my home now is Canberra … . I don’t want them to think, as in the players, that I’m going home. My home is now here.”

The Brumbies’ bonus point win over the Rebels, their fourth victory in seven matches, alllowed them to retain their position atop the Australian conference.

But White said the clash against the Bulls would be far and away his team’s stiffest test yet.

”Playing the Bulls at Loftus, they’ll be saying to themselves they want to beat the Brumbies and be top of the log [South African conference] this time next week, so it’s massive for us.

”But this is what you play rugby for, you play rugby to play in front of 40,000 people in stadiums that were built for rugby union. That’s why we play the game, to contest ourselves against that sort of opposition.”

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Jake the miracle worker


He might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Jake White is performing miracles at the Brumbies Super Rugby franchise.

Are our coaches not up to scratch?


JJ Harmse ask the question in his latest column whether SA coaches are in fact below par compared to those around the world?

Brumbies easily account for Force in trial


Brumbies coach Jake White has enjoyed a dream start with his new Super Rugby side after they cruised to a 25-0 trial victory over the Western Force at Rugby Park in Darwin on Saturday night.

February 5, 2012

Brumbies 25 Force 0

In what was the first trial match of the year for both teams, the wet and windy conditions contributed to an error-riddled performance.

The Brumbies were first on the scoreboard when lock Ben Hand breached the Force’s defence to touch down late in the first quarter.

The Brumbies’ second try came after the Canberra-based side strung together seven phases before inside centre Christian Lealiifano crossed, while five-eighth Zack Holmes booted three first-half penalties to extend the lead.

The Western Australian side showed more composure in the third quarter, however the Brumbies defence held firm despite being restricted to 14 men when flanker Peter Kimlin was sent to the sin bin for a late shoulder charge.

Workhorse Brumbies prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa was prominent for the Brumbies before taking a heavy knock and coming off the field after 30 minutes, while Nic White slotted two second-half penalties to complete the emphatic win.


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White takes time to find Brumbies’ leader


Brumbies coach Jake White says he’ll use his team’s opening trial matches to unearth his captain, dismissing suggestions the job has all but been entrusted to back-row recruit Ben Mowen.

February 1, 2012
""Ive been lucky enough that I've been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along" ... Jake White.“I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along” … Jake White. Photo: Getty Images

While he’s been in his job for over six months, former Springboks mentor White insisted yesterday he has yet to settle on his team leader. ”I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along,” he said.

”The captain has to complement me as a coach and I’ve got to make sure that the captain I have will get the message through to the team. The only way I can do that is once I get to know the dynamics of the group.”

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Recruited to replace former Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom in the back row, former Waratahs No.8 Mowen is understood to be the frontrunner for the captaincy following the departure of Matt Giteau last season, while Wallabies front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander are also in contention.

The Brumbies will go without a skipper for their opening two trials against the Western Force in Darwin on Saturday and the Queensland Reds in Cairns on February 11 in favour of a hefty leadership group.

White said age and experience weren’t necessarily key factors.

Mowen, 27, distanced himself from the leadership conjecture yesterday. ”There’s not really a big need for a skipper now … we’ve got enough leadership across the group,” he said.


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University deal may lure South Africans to Brumbies


“Every day I get calls from dads in South Africa asking where I suggest their kid can play.” say Jake White

Chris Dutton

February 1, 2012 – 12:00PM

Ben Alexander models the Brumbies' new strip.Ben Alexander models the Brumbies’ new strip. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

ACT Brumbies coach Jake White wants to use a new alliance with the University of Canberra as the extra bait to lure South Africa’s most talented juniors to the capital.

The Brumbies have boosted their immediate finances on the eve of the Super Rugby competition by announcing a one-year naming rights sponsorship with the University of Canberra, worth an estimated $1million.

But White, who guided South Africa to the 2007 World Cup, is determined to convert the relationship into a long-term gain for his playing roster.

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White plans to capitalise on the strong connection between rugby and education in South Africa. As a former Springboks coach, he still holds a lot of influence on where South Africa’s rising stars choose to play.

“I would love to attract some boys to come and play rugby in Australia,” White said.

“Every day I get calls from dads [in South Africa] asking where I suggest their kid can play.

“It shouldn’t be underestimated a lot of South Africans will see this link and see it as an opportunity [to come and try to play for the Brumbies].

“Our challenge is to make sure we at the Brumbies do our homework … it can’t just be a sponsorship arrangement, it has to be a genuine boost and partnership.”

When White signed a four-year deal to coach the Brumbies last May, he expressed his desire to recruit South African schoolboy stars and get them to train in the club’s development programs.

Now he wants university delegates to travel with the Brumbies to South Africa in April and organise meetings with top young players.

White knows first hand how passionate South Africans are about rugby.

He has been coaching in schools since 1982 and high schools and universities have extremely strong allegiances to their rugby teams.

The Brumbies are allowed three foreign players on their roster – one marquee signing and two developing internationals. Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone are two examples of South Africans who have played with the Brumbies and gone on to represent the Wallabies.

White said he would not try to influence young players to choose between committing to the Wallabies or Springboks, but he was confident South African junior stars could be enticed to join the Brumbies and the university.

“Nothing would hurt me more than to tell a South African dad to bring his kid here and he doesn’t leave Canberra a better player,” White said.

“I don’t want these boys to come here and to be a Brumbies fan, I want him to come here with an opportunity to play for the Brumbies.

“There’s no reason why it can’t happen, I get excited because we’re sitting on something great, but we can’t just offer an opportunity to study.

“It’s going to promote rugby in Canberra and increase the standard of rugby we have here.

“It won’t happen in year one, but it will be sustainable for South African and New Zealand boys to come here and study.”

White warned the agreement needed to be more than “lip service” to ensure he could attract the best recruits and turn them into better players in Canberra.

The university will get maximum exposure in South Africa and New Zealand when the Super Rugby season begins on February 24.

Rugby is the No.1 sport in both countries and more than 4 million viewers watched the Brumbies’ games last season

Twenty-three per cent of the university’s student population is from overseas, but only a small minority is from South Africa or New Zealand with most travelling from China and South East Asia.

The Brumbies could also move their base to the university campus in the coming years.

The club had its plans to redevelop Griffith Oval blocked on heritage grounds in 2010 and is currently awaiting a decision on its contentious application to rezone the site of its headquarters for redevelopment as apartments.

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New generation of Super Rugby back-row captains look to inspire


BACK-ROW skippers are the flavour of the month in Super Rugby with David Pocock’s Western Force ascension kicking off three captaincy appointments.

January 31, 2012
Leadership material ... David Pocock.Leadership material … David Pocock.

While world-class ball scavenger Pocock succeeded veteran Force lock Nathan Sharpe on Monday, the NSW Waratahs are set to name fellow Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom as their captain today.

And Brumbies coach Jake White is expected to follow suit in a fortnight with No.8 recruit Ben Mowen to captain the new-look ACT squad.

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White has opted against naming a captain for the Brumbies’ opening two trials, against the Force (February 4) and Queensland (February 11).

He’s set to reveal an extended leadership group for the trials this week with Mowen on a list that includes Wallabies front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander.

World Cup hooker Moore, 29, was seen as the likely replacement for Matt Giteau last year but former Springboks coach White is looking to start afresh with Mowen.

The surprise move would complete a bizarre swap between the Brumbies and Waratahs as Mowen, 27, left NSW last season when new coach Michael Foley swooped to sign Elsom from the Brumbies.

Dumped as Wallabies skipper just three weeks before last year’s World Cup, Elsom’s impending appointment has also raised eyebrows as he’ll be sidelined for the first month of the competition.

But there were no surprises with Pocock’s ascension in Perth yesterday, with Force coach Richard Graham admitting it was more than 12 months in the making.

Foundation captain and 101-Test stalwart Sharpe is yet to decide upon his future beyond this season but the 40-Test Pocock has long been seen as the Force’s long-term leader.

The appointment will also help keep the off-contract breakaway and 2010 John Eales medallist in the west following the Force’s disappointing campaign last year which featured just five wins.

”I’m very excited about it,” Pocock said. ”It’s a huge challenge. Following on from someone like Nathan Sharpe, who’s served the team so well and has a distinct brand of leadership – I’ve learnt a lot from him.

”And the great thing for me is he’ll still be there and I’ll be able to bounce ideas off him. He’ll definitely play a big part in the team.”

Graham opted against naming a vice-captain and won’t risk Pocock and Sharpe against the Brumbies in Darwin on Saturday night.

But he was certain his players would be inspired to follow the lead of Pocock, named Young Australian of the Year for his for his work establishing the charity organisation Eighty-Twenty Vision, which helps disadvantaged communities in his native Zimbabwe.

”If you’re ever going to demand things from people around you in sport, you actually need to be able to set a really high standard and keep them accountable, and he does that,” Graham said.

”I think the work he does off the field shows how selfless he is as a character, and in serving the team that will be very important.”


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White ‘open’ to England job


Jake White, who coached South Africa to 2007 World Cup success, dropped a hint on Sunday that he would welcome an approach to succeed Martin Johnson as England coach.

Brumbies introduce Eye Gym


As part of their commitment to provide players with the best rugby program in the world, Brumbies coaching staff have introduced the Eye Gym in an effort to sharpen responses and improve vision.
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Brumbies Head Coach Jake White with Sherylle Calder.

Set up on laptops in the team’s computer room, Eye Gym is a series of skill based video games designed to train the eye to take in minute detail.

Creator of the Eye Gym, Sherylle Calder, visited the Brumbies HQ last week to implement the system.

Scores are kept for each game and tallied to judge where the biggest improvements are being made and who the key performers are. Injured players are required to test themselves for every session they miss, while fit and healthy players are also encouraged to use the system regularly.

Players who have used the system before have reported better vision around the park and a greater ability to spot gaps both in defence and when on the attack.

Previously Calder has worked with Formula One drivers, tennis players, swimmers, jockeys, soccer players and rugby players. In rugby, her resume boasts teams like the All Blacks, England, the Springboks and a host of professional club teams.

From the Brumbies HQ Calder has travelled to Japan where she is working with Brumbies coaching consultant Eddie Jones.

Eye Gym will remain a part of the team’s overall program for the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

White: ‘Blame SA Rugby’ & more criticism of RWC refs


Current Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, received some sympathy from an unlikely source – World Cup winning coach Jake White.

‘Allister must succeed PDV’


Jake White has given Allister Coetzee his vote of confidence to succeed Peter de Villiers when the current Springbok coach’s tenure comes to an end.

Jake backs All Blacks


The man who won the last Rugby World Cup has endorsed the All Blacks’ prospects of finally ending their 24-year drought at the global tournament in New Zealand later this year.

Jake White gets Brumbies job


Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White has been appointed Head Coach of the CA Technologies’ Brumbies for the next four seasons.

Jake heading to Oz?


Former Springbok coach, Jake White, has been linked to many jobs over the last 3 years but it seems he might just have found his first permanent placement since stepping down as Springbok coach.

Jake gets a job


Jake White will spend the following week with London Irish as a consultant.

Jake applies for Pommie job


Former Springbok coach Jake White will apply for the newly created position of Performance Director at the Rugby Football Union, a role which will see the current England coach Martin Johnson ultimately report to him.

White picks his World XV


Jake White answered some questions from fans on his blog and picks his World XV.

Hospital job will lead to Bok trauma


The Grand Slam dream is over.  The one thing that could have redeemed the Boks and its management came to an embarrassing end on Saturday as the Springboks went down to the Scots, and as my three-year old would say; ‘Now what now?”

Fetchers, can you eat it?


It is strangely tempting, just for the moment, to suggest that Jake White was right after all … maybe fetchers are indeed best employed at plucking beers out of the fridge.

Wales the Boks toughest test – White


A Wales side with James Hook at centre, Mike Phillips and Stephen Jones as halfbacks and fetcher Martyn Williams returning in place of Sam Warburton is probably the strongest they can pick.

Innovative thinking can avoid Bok crisis


Is Bok rugby heading towards a crisis?  Well given that De Villiers is seemingly scrambling to get experts on-board and all of them are turning him down, it seems we are getting pretty close.

Anyone out there?


JJ Harmse in his Sport24 column looks at the dire situation Peter de Villiers and Springbok rugby find themselves in.

Jake’s Winning Ways go down the tubes


A business deal between former Springbok coach Jake White, local publishing business Highbury Safika Media, and rugby writer Mark Keohane has turned sour, ending up in the Western Cape High Court.

Nothing that can’t be fixed


How does a team that came of such a high in 2009 hit such a low in 2010, more importantly, can it be fixed?

‘These are the Bok problems’ – Jake


Former Springbok coach Jake White believes the warning lights are flickering for Bok rugby.

‘Give me Div’s job’ – White


Jake White wants his old job back – but only as an interim measure to help get Springbok rugby back on track before handing over to his former assistant, Allister Coetzee, after 2011.

Jake White in demand in Australia


Springbok Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White is in demand in Australia, with the Waratahs and the Western Force interested in his services.

Jake’s Super 14 picks


The Stormers, Bulls and Sharks can all be among the contenders for the Super14 title.

Boks lack new identity


It has been eluded to by a lot of people in the last two years with their criticism of team selections and game plans amongst other things – but it is now time for Peter de Villiers to make his personal mark on the Springboks if he wishes to be remembered as the coach that led the most successful Springbok teams, or the coach that was just lucky enough to be there at the right time.

White disrupts Griquas


Griquas’ preparation for Saturday’s crucial Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld has been disrupted by a phone call from Jake White to star player Jacques Lombard.