Jake lives to fight another day

Jake White will continue as the Springbok coach until after the World Cup in France.

The Presidents Council granted the embattled coach a stay of execution after only a minority of the 14 members voted in the no confidence motion, primarily instigated by the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, against him.

White was subdued in the post-match press conference. “I am pleased that the matter has been resolved,” he said.

“I’m relieved that I can get on with life and not feel like someone is trying to take my job every weekend.

“It was a very positive meeting and they asked me what I needed to ensure that Springboks would have the best chance to win the World Cup.

“I told them we need as much support and positive energy from them. They assured me they would do everything than can to support the team and me.

“They have given me their full backing until the end of the World Cup,” added White, who is contracted to coach the Springboks until the conclusion of the 2007 tournament in France.

Saru President Oregan Hoskins said the meeting had centered around finding answers for the Springboks poor run of form in a season that has seen them win just five out of a possible twelve games.

“Only a minority of members voted in the motion of no confidence against Jake. He [White] was subject to a grilling by members of the council,” Hoskins commented.

White returns to England for the final game of the year-end tour against the World XV in Leicester on Sunday.