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Bitter White confirms end of reign

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  • Jake White slams South African Rugby Union over end of his coaching reign
  • The 43-year-old was asked to reapply for his job before World Cup had finished
  • White took the Springboks to a second world title, beating England in final
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LONDON, England -- Jake White has criticized the South African Rugby Union after confirming that his tenure as Springboks coach will end when his contract expires on December 31.

Jake White is unhappy with the way his departure from the role of South Africa coach was handled.

The 43-year-old is unhappy that he was asked to reapply for his job, with the deadline he was given being the day before the final of the recent World Cup in Paris.

White revealed after the 15-6 victory against England that he had not applied before the October 19 deadline.

And he called a press conference in Cape Town on Wednesday to express his disappointment at the way the SARU had dealt with the matter.

"My contract as Springbok coach is clear, that I was not obliged to apply and that all considerations would be discussed at my annual review," he said.

"I did ask for time to consider my options as I was mindful of making a wrong decision based on emotion. This time was not afforded me and that is particularly disappointing.

"I am extremely disappointed at the manner in which the message of my supposed unavailability was conveyed to the public on Monday in a South African Rugby Union media release that stated I would not be considered for the job on the basis that I did not apply."

White has had a difficult relationship with his employers since taking over the job four years ago.

He was called home during the northern hemisphere tour last November and asked to explain a run of poor results, but managed to avoid the sack.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins has hit back at White, claiming that the coach was trying to portray himself as a victim.

"Jake was seen as someone who was never prepared to give the whole story and relied on public sentiment after the World Cup to support his cause as a martyr," Hoskins said.

"The unfortunate thing is that Jake is now portrayed as the victim and the council as a bunch of idiots who just did not like him after we won the World Cup.

"But that's just not fair and it's not the whole story as there are a lot of people in SA Rugby who stood by Jake and supported him during some of his darkest moments in the job."

White has made enquiries with Australia about the Wallabies' vacant coaching role, and he has also been linked with the job available with Wales.

He has also said that he would be interested in coaching England if Brian Ashton's contract is not renewed.

White's final duties as South Africa coach will be to take the world champions on a short tour of Europe which features a one-off Test against Wales on November 24 and a match against the Barbarians at Twickenham in England on December 1.

"I walk away with no regrets but plenty of sadness," he said. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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