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Jake White's return moves closer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Blue Bulls Rugby Union President Willem Strauss has given an update on Jake White.

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The Bulls Director of Rugby White has not been travelling with the side due to an enforced medical break after surgery.

The World Cup-winning coach White underwent emergency abdominal surgery on Sunday, January 8.

The 59-year-old had been unwell during the Bulls’ tour to Wales earlier this month and was unable to attend a United Rugby Championship victory over the Dragons.

When the Bulls returned to South Africa on January 8, White complained of severe stomach cramps and underwent a two-hour surgery the same day in a Pretoria hospital.

The mentor is scheduled to return on February 8 and Blue Bulls Rugby Union President Willem Strauss could not be more pleased.

In White’s absence, assistant coaches Russell Winter and Chris Rossouw have been sharing the main coaching duties.

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It has been a real struggle for the Bulls, who suffered a 28-37 defeat to the Scarlets on Friday.

“A disappointing loss against a team that is definitely not better than us,”  Strauss told rugby365com.

“After this tough six weeks of travel, our team now takes a break of 10 days before they will reassemble with Jake White joining them.”

White’s return is a timely boost for the Bulls as they host the Stormers on February 18 at Loftus Versfeld.

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“We are now back at Fort Loftus, where we are unbeaten this season, with our next match the massive clash against the Stormers on February 18,” Straus concluded.

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