Markies claims glory for Bok 2004 title

Andre Markgraaff has claimed to be the architect of the Springboks 2004 Vodacom Tri Nations championship-win. Not Jake White.

Despite the fact that the Boks won the tournament on bonus points, thanks mainly to Percy Montgomery’s goalkicking that earned them points for losing within seven in Australia and New Zealand, Markgraaff told the Cape Times rugby writer Stephen Nell that the tournament was not won because of White.

“I spent two, three years of my life working on structures for South African rugby. They won the Tri-Nations for South Africa (in 2004), not Jake White.”

Markgraaff, to whom SARU president Regan Hoskins has turned to assist White, said he was not sure if he wanted to meet with White. So we’re off to a fantastic start here.

“I’ll have to consider whether I can go to a forum whre he will be present. He knows what he did to me with his letter-writing and that is still fresh in my memory … He has a lot of apologies to make about what he did to me and South African rugby.”

Markgraaff claimed the technical committee, which he chaired, to be a fantastic thing. He blamed White and former president Brian van Rooyen when the committee was disbanded.

What Markgraaff does not say is that the technical committee, which never had anything to do with the regional or test coaches, was costing SARU R250 000 a month in retainer salaries, which totalled more than R2million a year.

That’s why it was canned financially, while the calibre of rugby nous serving on the committee was also questioned.