Jaco turns to Jake for help

Jake White will fly to Japan with Jaco van der Westhuyzen in two weeks time to hold negotiations with the NEC Green Rockets.

Die Burger on Thursday reported that the Bok coach would be making the trip in the hope of getting permission from the Green Rockets for Van der Westhuyzen to play Super 14 rugby for a South African franchise.

Earlier this month Van der Westhuizen was rumoured to be joining the Stormers, who are in desperate need of a quality No 10, but the player is still locked into a contract with his Japanese club.

“According to my contract with NEC, I am only allowed to play for the Springboks,” Van der Westhuizen told Herbert Pretorius. “But I’m optimistic that they won’t stand in my way of playing Super 14 rugby.”

The Bok flyhalf, who missed the end of year tour with a knee injury, is expecting to be fully fit in six weeks time. “My rehabilitation has gone well,” he said.

Van der Westhuyzen was dropped during the course of last season, with Andre Pretorius taking ownership of the green and gold No 10 jersey. The NEC pivot would greatly increase his chances of regaining his position if he played Super 14 rugby – a competition of a far higher standard than Japan’s Top League.