Jake’s new job

Jake White will assume the position of head of marketing for Richmark Holdings, a telecommunications company in Johannesburg.

This was revealed by Sunday Times sports editor Clinton van der Berg.

White won’t be lost to rugby entirely, but this is the first step towards what he hopes will be a long career in big business.

The coup was engineered by Richmark Group chief executive Gavin Varejes, a lifelong sports enthusiast who boasts the biggest collection of sport memorabilia in South Africa. The two did the deal on a handshake and Varejes’s first act as White’s new boss was to present him with business cards that read “Head coach: marketing”.

Varejes, a first dan in karate and president and founder of SA Rugby Legends, said he was motivated to employ White when he heard that the coach might pursue the England coaching job.

“That would have been terrible. He would have lost the heart of every South African.”

Varejes said White was a “deal-maker” whose skills as a coach were perfectly suited to the business world. “He knows what makes people tick, he’s sharp, a great talker . . .He’s the most popular guy in SA right now,” enthused Varejes. “You look under ‘self-respect’ in the dictionary and you see the name Jake White.”