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The tables turn on Springboks coach Jake White





Jake White’s future as South Africa coach is coming under scrutiny following his Springboks 49-0 humiliation at the hands of Australia on Saturday.

The defeat was the biggest margin in Tri-Nations history and has SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins to admit further defeats could bring about changes.

“It would be incumbent on me to consult the organisation if we have a totally unsuccessful away leg,” said Hoskins.

In all Tri nations matches the Springboks have won two matches in Australia and only one in New Zealand. One of the Australian wins came last year against a depleted Australian team.

Playing down fears that White will be sacked before returning to South Africa next month, Hoskins added, “There is 110% support for the coach – I want to state that unreservedly,” .

“(This result) is one real setback. This was a big, humiliating defeat, but we need to see what happens in the remaining matches on the away leg of the Tri-Nations. One failure is not tantamount to total failure.

“Everybody will be concerned – supporters, players, the coach and administrators. It was a serious defeat and we have to look at it seriously.”

White admitted his job was under threat but said he would not stand down. “As a guy who’s been watching the Springboks since I was a boy, that’s probably the worst I’ve seen happen,” said White.

“I take responsibility for that. You take the bad times with the good times. When you get it wrong, you can get it badly wrong.”

White was recently interviewed by England’s RFU and has now come out and said that he does not want to work for England. He does however maintain that he had received another job offer, but did not go into further details. At the time there were questions marks over whether he would leave South Africa and quite just days before the Tri nations.

“I’m not looking for another job,” he said.

“When you’re in coaching you’ve got to make sure you have a plan B. One never knows – ask Eddie Jones, ask John Mitchell, ask Clive Woodward. The reality is that’s the nature of what we do.”

South Africa visit New Zealand this week and then they take on Australia again in Australia on the 5 August. Only then do they return home to play three home games in a row.

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