Saru won’t stand in Jake’s way

Regan Hoskins says Jake White is free to take up the director of coaching job with England if that’s what he wants.

The Bok coach has apparently been promised the RFU post (worth R20 million over four years), but is willing to stay in South Africa if his contract is extended until the 2009 Lions series. However, Saru doesn’t seem too concerned.

“Jake asked us for permission to apply and we said we would not stand in his way. It would be like restricting someone’s right to employment if he told you that he had applied elsewhere and you did not allow him to go. We live in a constitutionally sensitive society,” Hoskins told Cape Times rugby writer Stephen Nell.

But Hoskins added he would like White to stay on as Bok coach: “I think I speak for everyone when I say we don’t want him to go.”

Saru’s presidents council is to meet on July 3 to discuss White’s contract. Hoskins said there had not been a recommendation by the board to the council that White’s contract should be extended.

“It’s not a recommendation. It’s more a feeling of the Presidents Council’s view on the matter. It’s about testing the waters and hearing their views. We must be guided (by them). I’ve learnt in my four months as president of SA Rugby that things seem perfect today, and tomorrow they can become hot spots,” he said.

“What our country needs is to put rugby first and personal agendas second. We have a tendency to be hot-headed.”