Jake sends out SOS

Rassie Erasmus and Clive Woodward have both received phone calls from Jake White.

The Bok coach is again under fire following his side’s humiliating 32-15 defeat in Dublin last Saturday.

The team’s sixth defeat of the season has prompted White to seek other expert opinions.

“I have great respect for Rassie,” he said. “I asked him to help me do some analysing and to think about how we can take on England. He is farther away from the team and does not look at matters in an emotional way. It will be interesting to hear what he suggests.”

Erasmus is considered to be among South Africa’s premier rugby analysts and studies technical aspects of the game meticulously.

“I want Rassie to look at videos of our recent performances and tell me how he would have gone about playing against us,” explained White.

“He’s played against England on a number of occasions and he knows what it’s like being at Twickenham.

“He’s seen this movie before and I hope he can assist us in our preparations.”

Ironically, the Cheetahs coach is being tipped to replace White after the World Cup next year.

White also has a close relationship with Woodward, who recently missed out on the England director of coaching job.

“Clive and I are good friends. He was actually my mentor,” said White.