White takes the stand

Springbok coach Jake White was the first witness to testify at Brian van Rooyen’s disciplinary inquiry on Wednesday.

Former rugby boss van Rooyen remained absent from the inquiry into corporate mismanagement allegations against him when the hearing started its second day in Bloemfontein, Sapa reported.

The hearing is taking place behind closed doors. Others expected to testify are former SA Rugby Union (Saru) deputy president Andre Markgraaff and former chairman of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd board Theunie Lategan.

Saru CEO Johan Prinsloo, public relations consultant Ann-Lee Murray and SA Rugby manager for legal services Christo Ferreira were also expected to testify.

The inquiry is scheduled to last until Friday. It comes after Van Rooyen was found guilty of corporate mismanagement during an internal investigation by Saru and a wider investigation was ordered under the adjudication of former Chief Justice Joos Hefer.