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Jake White won the Rugby World Cup 2007 as Coach of the Springboks. He leads a motivational talk for After Dinner speakers
Jake White (born 13 December 1963 in Johannesburg as Jacob Westerduin) is a rugby union coach and former coach of the South Africa national rugby union team, the Springboks.
Jake White attended Jeppe High School where he played in the in the First XV. He began his coaching career as a high school rugby coach at Parktown Boys’ High First XV before returning to his old school as a teacher and as coach of the school’s First XV.
White’s success with the school team resulted in him being appointed as provincial schools coach. Later he coached various under-19 and under-21 sides before assisting Springbok squad preparations by doing video analysis for them.
By this time he was well known for his technical prowess in rugby circles, and he lived up to his reputation by coaching the under-21 Springbok side to a victory in the U-21 Rugby Union World Cup in 2002.
The 2007 season started promisingly for White, having the scope to draw from a great deal of talent in the wake of a wonderful 2007 Super 14 season for South Africa which culminated in an all-South African final between the Sharks and the Bulls.
“I’m very relieved I can go off on a high and I have been privileged that I’ve been with a great group of players.”
To hear the full story of how Jake White changed a sides mentality, motivation and inspired them to greatness through his leadership and a support team carefully chosen then. He will have you gripped as your after dinner and motivational speaker.