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England victory sees Springbok coach White keep his job

By Gavin Mairs

South Africa coach Jake White will remain in his job after a meeting with the SARFU Presidents Council.

White has come under fire after the Springboks lost all of their Test matches away from home this year before finally tasting success against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Leading provincial union the Blue Bulls placed a vote of no confidence in him last week.

White said: "I am pleased that the matter has been resolved."

He is now expected to lead the Springboks through the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Home victories over Australia and New Zealand in the Tri-Nations in the summer had taken some of the heat off White but South Africa started their European tour with a record 32-15 defeat to Ireland at Lansdowne Road and then went down 23-21 to struggling England in the first Test at Twickenham.

Saturday's second Test victory at the same venue marked the end of Andy Robinson's reign as England head coach.

Meanwhile, London Irish back row Olivier Magne and Bristol hooker Mark Regan will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary committee next week. Former France flanker Magne has been cited for stamping during Irish's 40-5 Guinness Premiership drubbing of Northampton on Sunday.

England flanker Richard Hill, tipped in some quarters as a replacement for Andy Robinson as England coach, is set for a return to action after 16 months out injured, in Saracens' EDF Energy Cup match against Wasps.

The 33-year-old has been named in Friday's squad to travel to Vicarage Road, after a season so far blighted by knee problems. Saracens director of Rugby Alan Gaffney said: "It's great to see Richard Hill back on the team sheet, and he has worked very hard to get back to fitness."

Meanwhile, Belfast Harlequins, still searching for a win in the AIL Division One, have been given a welcome boost with the return of Ulster players John Andress and Lewis Stevenson, who both return following long-standing injury, for the tough trip to Garryowen on Saturday. Michael Kirkwood is on standby should Ulster need Paul Marshall.

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