Jake White is going to extraordinary lengths to ensure Jaco van der Westhuyzen plays in the Vodacom Super 14 this season.
The Bok coach told Die Burger’s Herbert Pretorius that he is prepared to coach in Japan for free in an attempt to get permission to include his Springbok flyhalf in an SA Super 14 side.
Van der Westhuyzen has returned to the NEC Green Rockets in Japan where he is undergoing a series of medical tests.
“They want to establish how the rehabilitation of his knee is progressing since he had an operation last year.
“If they are satisfied that he will be able to play again soon, I will start the ball rolling to find a Super 14 team for him so that he can play again,” White told the newspaper.
White says he will do everything possible to convince the club that Van der Westhuyzen needs match practice urgently because he has been sitting on the sideline for a long time.
“Japan’s rugby season ends in a fortnight and it won’t be in NEC’s interest that Jaco sits around in South Africa for three months doing nothing until the start of the international season.
“If money is a problem, I’m prepared to fly to Japan and offer my services free of charge to NEC. I will ensure that they don’t end up losing anything by giving permission for Jaco to play in the Super 14.”