September 25, 2013
REPORTS: Jake White seeks a release from the Brumbies
By SANZAR News Service
Just two months after almost guiding the Brumbies to a Super Rugby title, head coach Jake White has sought a release from the Canberra based franchise for personal reasons with two years remaining on his contract.
Currently in Cape Town, it's believed that White met with Brumbies captain Ben Mowen on Wednesday morning and it's not yet known whether players have been made aware of the developing situation.
The ABC's Tim Gavel said White approached Brumbies management on Friday and the club is yet to grant his release, still hopeful of reaching a resolution to retain the services of the World Cup-winning coach.
White joined the Brumbies at the start of the 2012 campaign and compiled a record of 22-11-2 over the past two seasons, including guiding the franchise to the cusp of a championship, ultimately falling 27-22 to the Chiefs in Hamilton.
He was named Australian Coach of the Year at the ARU's end of season awards but was overlooked for the Wallabies job in favour of Ewen McKenzie.
The story was broken on Wednesday night (AEST) via Twitter.
Confirmed: Jake White has asked from a release from the last two years of his contract. Club has been working on it the last three days.— Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) September 25, 2013
"It's understood missing out on Wallabies coaching job affected White's desire to stay in Australian rugby." key line from @BlockaDutton— Paul Cully (@whiskeycully) September 25, 2013
Confirmation that Jake White has.sought a release from the final 2 years of his contract with the Brumbies . Club is yet to grant release.— Tim Gavel (@TimGavel) September 25, 2013
Jake White informed Brumbies on Friday that he wanted a release . Brumbies have been working through the issue in the hope of resolution— Tim Gavel (@TimGavel) September 25, 2013
players didn't know White wouldn't return for pre-season training. It's understood White met with ben mowen in cape town today— Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) September 25, 2013
Smart money on Sharks or Stormers for Jake White. Wants to be closer to his two sons so South Africa beckons. Insights from @alexanderbroun.— Nick Heath (@rugbymedia) September 25, 2013
Stay chilled folks, sun will still rise tomorrow, and Brumbies will be a massive presence in Super Rugby 2014 and beyond. #keepthefaith— Laurie Fisher (@LordLaurie58) September 25, 2013