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Bulls confirm Jake White's great return

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White has made his much-anticipated return to Loftus Versfeld.


The World Cup-winning coach recovered fully following an emergency abdominal surgery on January 8, which saw him sidelined for four weeks.

The 59-year-old is reunited with his troops,  who return from a deserved two-week break

The Bulls unit assemble at Loftus on Thursday preparing for a mouth-watering run towards the end of the season.

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

Blue Bulls Company Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Rathbone said having White back was a good morale boost for everyone at Loftus.

“It is great to have Jake return,” Rathbone said.


“We are happy to not only see him back where he belongs but to have him with us means that he is back at full health and that is comforting knowing the tough period he went through.

“His influence on everyone at Loftus is immeasurable and knowing that he is back, certainly does give all of us an extra kick in our step.”

He added: “I know he is raring to go after what has probably felt a long time away from what he loves doing.

“We are incredibly lucky to have his calibre of a coach as a part of the Bulls family and know that there are more great things ahead for us all, with him here. Welcome back, Jake!”


White will assemble his herd as they ready to return to United Rugby Championship (URC) action as well as their round of 16 trip in the Champions Cup also on the horizon.

The side’s first assignment will be against the Stormers at Loftus on Saturday, February 18.

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