White snubbed by SA Rugby indaba organisers

Montpellier's South African coach Jake White walks on the pitch ahead of the French Top 14 rugby union match between Montpellier and Castres on October 8, 2016 at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier.  Image by: PASCAL GUYOT / AFP
Montpellier’s South African coach Jake White walks on the pitch ahead of the French Top 14 rugby union match between Montpellier and Castres on October 8, 2016 at Altrad Stadium in Montpellier. Image by: PASCAL GUYOT / AFP

The SA Rugby indaba starts today‚ nine years to the day since the Springboks won the 2007 World Cup final, but the victorious coach from that day will not attend after being snubbed by the organisers.

Ex-Bok coach Jake White‚ who led the Boks to that triumph in Paris nine years ago‚ should be in attendance in Cape Town today to share his views along with other former team mentors.

But he will not be because he was not invited. “I haven’t been asked to attend or give any input‚” White said.

“I do find it odd that you have a national seminar discussing the future of the Springboks and rugby in South Africa and not every influential role-player will be there.

“That is a worrying sign about how serious this indaba is.

I heard Heyneke Meyer wasn’t invited either‚ which is crazy if it’s true. All coaches would have invaluable input.”

SA Rugby confirmed that most South African-based former Bok coaches were invited and that Carel du Plessis and Ian McIntosh were the only two to accept the invitation.

Nick Mallett and Andre Markgraaff declined‚ Peter de Villiers is in Namibia coaching while Meyer’s involvement was still unclear.

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