Hoskins wants Jake

Saru President Regan Hoskins is confident the Jake White contract saga will be resolved by tomorrow.

Hoskins was adamant that White must remain as the Springbok coach as the alternatives would almost surely put paid to the country’s chances at the World Cup next year.

Hoskins and SA Rugby board chairman Mpumelelo Tshume will meet White in Cape Town at a venue still to be decided and will hopefully put the matter to bed once and for all.

A frustrated president told keo.co.za that he wished for sanity to prevail on the matter after conflicting media reports. “This is a sensitive matter and as the people running the game we need to address the situation urgently to ensure we do not lose Jake,” Hoskins said.

“It would be ludicrous of us to allow this situation to become any worse. We still want Jake as Springbok coach and I’m sure we will resolve this matter tomorrow.”

Hoskins accused the media of adding fuel to the fire. “The media has made this thing bigger than it is. And journalistic comment has caused the matter to be blown out of proportion.”

Certain reports have indicated that SA Rugby’s board members do not wish for White to continue as coach, but it seems that with the Tshume attending the meeting that rumour is set to be squashed.

Hoskins told keo.co.za that all three men would sit down and attempt to sort the mess out. “There is no doubt in my mind that Jake must stay as coach and hopefully we can reach a solution tomorrow.”

White has already indicated his “heart is with the Springboks”. That means if Hoskins and Tshume can somehow persuade the coach that he need not be paranoid about being axed, then the matter may well be resolved in the next 36 hours.

Meanwhile, the latest shambles in SA Rugby, has even forced President Thabo Mbeki to chirp that the Tri-Nations should be postponed.

Citing the loss to France at the weekend and White’s contract saga, Mbeki made the remark to New Zealand’s Malcolm John McGoun, asking him if the competition could be postponed.

“I’m worried about the All Blacks, Mr High Commissioner,” Sapa reported Mbeki as saying. McGoun though offered little sympathy: “I’m not sure that would be a very popular decision.”

By Andrew Hollely