Jake White

Jake White

South African Rugby Coach


Do you believe in fate/destiny or do you create your own life?

My life is absolutely predetermined. Our path is laid out before we are born, and it is up to us to participate or not.

Describe your life at 10 years old?

Well, that would be at Dale College in hostel, as a full time border. I would have been in the middle of the pecking order, between the 6 year olds and the 12 year olds.

What sort of child were you?

I was a shy small boy, but being good at sport helped my confidence and my acceptance. I think I probably realized then how important sport is.

Describe your last day on earth?

Watching rugby videos with my family.

How do you want your children to remember you?

As someone they could talk to about anything.

What/who is God?

Is that a question? We all need a God in our lives – God is like a reality check in our lives.

If you could break one rule, what would it be and why?

One doesn’t’ want to go around consciously breaking rules (not a great question for an ex teacher!) But I have broken some! (silence)

Describe your most terrifying moment?

Everytime we go out to play in a test match. It’s having the expectation of a nation before those matches. The greater the expectation, the more terrifying..

What is your greatest dislike?

Bullies and spoilt kids

And about yourself?

Having personal dislikes serves no purpose. I would like to say that I dislike my thinning hair or other things like that, but harboring negativity is not healthy. I think if I had to answer something, it would be that I over react sometimes

What do you love most about women?


If you had all the money in the world, what would you do?

I would buy a rugby team and coach it to excellence.

If you have five years left – what would you do?

I have spent so much time away from home, so I would leave it up to them and I would spoil them doing what ever they wanted to do.

If you weren’t doing what you are now, what would you be doing?

Anything that didn’t mean sitting in an office.

What do your friends say about you?

That I haven’t changed

What do you enemies say about you?

That I have changed..

What saddens you?

People who are not genuine

What has been the ultimate highlight of your life?

Being appointed as national coach. I applied three times, you know.

Are you a Great Dane, Boxer, or Jack Russell?

Let’s just say, I was a Jack Russell who became a Great Dane

What advice would you give to an 18 year old who has had their heart broken?

Are you talking about love? There are many ways to have your heart broken you know.! My answer would be that you are only 18, move on. You have the rest of a great life ahead of you.

Has your heart ever been broken?

Yes (silence again)

What was/is the most profound piece of advice given to you by your father?.

That life is no dress rehearsal, that we only live once, and that more often, it’s the things we don’t do that we regret the most.

Define life.

Life is an opportunity to express oneself and to leave a positive mark.

Describe your life in one word.


Has there ever been a moment that you have felt completely at peace with the world?

Yes, every time we win a test match.

What happens when you die?

You shouldn’t have to ask – I would be playing rugby in heaven, of course.


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