Jake White to leave the Sharks

White joined the Natal rugby powerhouse almost a year ago.

Jake White. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks on Monday confirmed that director of rugby Jake White will step down from his role almost a year after he joined the Natal rugby powerhouse.

In a statement on the team's website, Sharks CEO John Smit says White has achieved a lot despite the short time he spent with the team.

"Jake and I have known each other a long time and were very frank in our discussions regarding this Sharks opportunity back in 2013. Jake was excited to implement change as well as be involved with South Africa's most talented squad but from the outset stated his ambition to be on the international stage again and I was all too happy to have him for however long we could.

"What he has achieved for us in such a short time is incredible and our staff and players have learned a huge amount."

White was also tasked to upskill the young coaches as well as tidy up all rugby structures across the board from the academy all the way to its senior team.

White said that although he was leaving Durban sooner than anticipated, he was satisfied that his short-term goals had been achieved, chiefly finishing in the top four of Super Rugby, putting coaching structures in place and aiding coach development.

"I was offered an exciting challenge in a great rugby city. I believe we put together some excellent structures under new chief executive John Smit, who was always supportive. I'm closing this chapter in my life as I believe it is the right time to do so. I want to thank and acknowledge the Sharks for my time spent with the team."