Jake White is the Sharks Director of Rugby.
The 2007 Springbok World Cup winning coach this year led the Brumbies to the Super Rugby final in only his second season in charge.
But White quit the Brumbies after two seasons of a four year contract and was immediately linked to the Sharks because Brendan Venter was only on a short-term consultancy at the Sharks in his capacity as Director of Rugby. Venter’s primary consultancy is with Saracens, where he was head coach and where he has had huge success. He also runs a private medical practise in Cape Town.
Brad MacLeod-Henderson will continue as Currie Cup head coach and White will mentor MacLeod-Henderson to ultimately be the Super Rugby coach.
White links up with his 2007 Rugby World Cup captain John Smit, who earlier in July took over as the Sharks CEO.
White’s return to South African rugby is a positive and excellent news for the game in this country. He is without doubt among the best coaches in the world.