White to charm provincial presidents

Jake White on Tuesday sold his four year plan to the President’s Council.

The Bok coach addressed the President’s Council in Johannesburg and motivated why they should extend his national coaching contract to the end of the 2009 season.

White currently has a contract that runs until after the 2007 World Cup, but he has argued that he and many of the senior players want to know now what the position is post the World Cup.

White, who won the Vodacom Tri Nations in 2004 at his first attempt, believes he has done enough to warrant an extension until the end of 2009. Several senior players, who have been offered overseas contracts post the World Cup, will stay in South Africa, it is said, if White is retained.

The SARU Board heard White’s proposal some time ago, but constitutionally did not have the authority to make the decision. White, in the meantime, has had discussions overseas about possible employment.

He has made it clear that his first choice is to remain in South Africa and coach the Boks.

The provincial presidents will also do a review of White’s tenure in the course of Tuesday.

SARU communications manager Rayaan Adriaanse told Keo.co.za that there was no confirmation from the provincial presidents on whether a decision would be made on White today (Tuesday).

White has confirmed he will coach the team for the duration of the Vodacom Tri nations, regardless of whether there is a contract extension or not.