London Irish take on Jake White as consultant

Aviva Premiership club London Irish have called in former Springbok coach Jake White for the next week as a consultant.


The Premiership club ended a 10 match losing streak in all competitions on the weekend when they beat Welsh club the Ospreys at the Madejski Stadium.


Early last week the Exiles’ Director of Rugby Toby Booth and forwards coach Neal Hatley contacted White to discuss him joining the club on a consultancy basis.


Whit accepted the invitation without hesitation and arrived in London on Tuesday morning and will work with the side for the remainder of the week


White will also travel with the team to Limerick for their final European Cup encounter of the season with Munster, who have won 91 per cent of their home games in the competition.


After the week, White will provide his view on where London Irish are going right and where they can improve.


“After a surprisingly bad run, Toby and the CEO Andy Martin approached me and asked if I could help,” White told rugbyxv.co.za.


“I’ll spend a week with the club and will be able to provide an outside and objective viewpoint.”


“It also provides me with an opportunity to see the inner workings of the club, and having being involved in similar stints with Saracens, Toulon and Suntory before, that should be interesting to compare.’


White will also work with backs coach Mike Catt, as well as South African players such as Faan Rautenbach and Danie Coetzee.


While White has not been employed as a coach full time since winning the Rugby World Cup almost four years ago this will be the fourth time he has worked as a consultant and has spent time in England, France and Japan doing such work.


White announced recently that he would be interested in applying for the newly created RFU Performance Director position which put him in charge of the England team but on this trip White says he is focused on London Irish and is waiting for the RFU to provide a detailed description of what the job entails and how much responsibility the Performance Director will have.

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