was born and grew up in Cape Town, but his
father was British and his mother a New
Zealander. He was a sports journalist for 10
years before Harry Viljoen appointed him as communications manager for
the Springboks, a position he filled for
three years until his resignation in 2003.
In his book titled "Springbok Rugby
Uncovered", he revealed the truth about many
aspects of South African rugby: coaching,
training, selection, contracts, politics,
dirty play, team talks and transformation,
to name but a few. Explosive, often
shocking, the book exposed the dark heart of
an exclusive, rarefied and deeply complex
He currently runs his own website,
www.keo.co.za, and freelances in print,
radio and television on South African and
He lives in Cape Town and is married to
journalist Karin Schimke. They have two
children, Oliver and Julia.
Don’t be a fool Jake …
go on Sunday
Jake White would only be setting himself up
for failure and frustration if he continued
with the Boks in 2008.
A day before the Springboks beat Argentina
in the World Cup semi-finals, Jake White,
Cape Argus sports Editor Gary Lemke and I
were walking back to the team hotel after a
coffee at the Bercy Village.
“Watch out,” said Jake, pulling me out of
the road as a car whizzed past. Then he
turned to Gary and said: “A year ago I would
have pushed him into the road.”
As good as it gets
Keo, in the Argus, writes the Poms win
against Australia was their final.
You need a scrum to win the World Cup.
Australia hasn’t had one for years and in
front of 60 000 here at the most fantastic
of stadiums the Australian pack was
England won by two, but when you consider
Jonny Wilkinson missed three penalties and
three drop goals, there should never have
been just a kick separating the two teams.
England had the pack and Australia the
potency in the backs. But with Australia’s
numbers one to eight getting pulverized in
the set piece and in the tackle the backs
could never influence this result.
Go green, say Boks
Keo, in the Argus, writes the Boks will be
wearing another shade of green on Friday
The Springboks will be willing Ireland to
beat France as defeat for the hosts will
eliminate them from the tournament.
Victory will ensure the French World Cup
ambition lives on, as does the possibility
of the Springboks facing France in a
semi-final at Stade de France on October 14.
Jake White’s Boks are running hot at this
World Cup, but the weather will be different
a month from now and there can never be any
guarantee that the form of today will be
Bryan Habana is the type of player that wins
teams World Cups Jake White told the world
media in Paris.
White said that while rugby remained a team
sport the individual genius of players like
Habana often produced the defining moment of
a World Cup play-off match or final.
“He is a very special player. You only had
to see what he did in scoring his first
try,” White said. “He got four and should
have had five because the pass from Schalk
did not go forward.”