White to coach Brumbies
Published 27/04/2011 | 08:22
Former South Africa coach Jake White will coach the Brumbies for the next four Super Rugby seasons after the Canberra-based club confirmed his appointment on Wednesday morning.
White had been touted as the front-runner to the coaching position vacated by Andy Friend, who was sacked just two rounds into the season. The 48-year-old South African has enjoyed a successful career in coaching, having led the Springboks to their 2007 World Cup triumph, where he was assisted by former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones.
"The Brumbies are one of the great teams of world rugby," said White. "I have followed them closely for many years, particularly since striking up a close friendship with former head coach Eddie Jones."
He added: "I'm looking forward to taking charge of the team and working with the players, the administration and most importantly our supporters, to develop a team that will be competitive every time we step out onto the field."
Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan said White would take the reins from mid-July when the current Super Rugby season ends.
Caretaker coach Tony Rea will not stay at the club beyond this year with the former league player expected to seek out a head coaching role elsewhere.