White not fired, says Hoskins

SARU president Regan Hoskins denied Jake White would be fired after Saturday’s test against England.

The influential Rapport newspaper on Sunday reported that White would be fired and replaced by Bulls Director of Rugby Heyneke Meyer. It also said that White’s entire management team would also be given the chop.

But Hoskins, speaking to Die Beeld’s Liam del Carme, said it was untrue and that there had been no meeting to discuss White’s future.

It has been reported that it would cost SARU more than R20 million to axe White and his management team and bring in a new team for next year, money it has also been reported SARU, as an organisation does not have in reserves to spend.

“There is absolutely no truth in this story,” Hoskins said from Paris. “There was no special meeting or any other meeting last week to determine Jake’s position.

“In any case, the deputy president (Mike Stofile) and the vice-president (Koos Basson) do not have the authority to dismiss the coach. It is a decision that must be taken by SA Rugby and we certainly cannot do so on behalf of SA Rugby. We simply cannot do something like that.”

Hoskins told Del Carme that SA Rugby could take a thorough look at the Springbok tour at a later stage.

“It is the custom to meet after every tour and look back to what has happened. One has to look at what was successful and where you failed.”

Hoskins said a committee consisting of, among others, the managers of national teams as well as that of the Springbok team would be asked to undertake this task.

“The committee usually meet a week or two after a tour but it is up to them.”