The Bulls have appointed former Springbok coach Jake White as Director of Rugby, the franchise confirmed on Wednesday.
The 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning coach has been in charge of Japanese outfit Toyota Verblitz since 2007 and now joins the Pretoria-based franchise effective immediately.
Jake White replaces Zondagh at the Bulls
His contract will see him at the nation’s capital until 2023, as he steps into the post vacated by Alan Zondagh earlier in the year.
Bulls chief executive Alfonso Meyer said he was delighted to have the 56-year-old join the franchise.
“His credentials speak for itself and we know his contributions are only going to improve our rugby across the board. Jake’s appointment is yet another step in the right direction as we endeavour to take this brand into a new era. We wish him well in his new role,” he said.
A return to Super Rugby
White has previously taken charge of two Super Rugby franchises, both at home and abroad.
Both times he was employed as a head coach, first taking charge of the Brumbies in Australia in what was his first coaching job since guiding the Boks to World Cup glory four years prior.
Following that, he took over the helm at the Sharks from Kiwi coach John Plumtree – assuming a dual role as coach and Director of Rugby in 2013.
He joins the Bulls after a tough start to the 2020 Super Rugby season, where they have lost five of their six matches before the season was suspended.
“The Bulls brand has always been a powerhouse in rugby and respected around the world,’ said White.
“There’s a great history and heritage here, and I’m looking forward to adding my contribution to the Bulls’ legacy. “The shareholders – Remgro, Patrice Motsepe, and the BBRU – together with the staff, have an amazing ambition to not only take the Bulls back to No 1, but also re-invent and re-mould the face of rugby in this country. “We need to rebuild 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 No 1.”
White has also had a stint with the Tonga national team as technical advisor and enjoyed a long stint with French club Montpellier before heading to Japan.
The South African