In a gut wrenching blow to Brumbies fans word has emerged that Super Coach Jake White has quit the club.
Keo.co.za is reporting he’s taking up a job with the Sharks, or possible Clermont.
The Canberra Times is linking him to the Stormers and blaming the decision on the way the Australian coaching job was handled (which would have lost us his services anyway).
The CT reports the Brumbies plan to announce a replacement in the next two weeks which suggests an internal appointment. Either back to the future with Laurie Fisher or the utterly untested Steve Larkham.
Without White’s plans and patterns it’s hard to see this playing group progressing from the highs of this year to taking the trophy.
UPDATE: The Brumbies have made a statement:
The University of Canberra Brumbies Head Coach Jake White has been released from the final two years of his contract.
White requested the release on Friday from South Africa and has since been in touch with the UC Brumbies Chief Executive, Andrew Fagan and senior players.
Fagan was disappointed to hear White would not be returning to Canberra to honour the final two years of his contract.
“I’d have to say that I was shocked when Jake called to tell me that he was intending to stay in South Africa,” Fagan said.
“We are well into our planning for next season and have lots of great things happening on and off the field as we build on the momentum of making this year’s final.
“To have Jake decide that he wants to pursue his international coaching ambitions from South Africa at this late stage is disappointing. He has achieved a great deal for the UC Brumbies’ and we felt he certainly had more to offer.”