30 Apr 2011

Former Wallaby believes White faces challenge with Brumbies

12:26 pm on 30 April 2011

South African-born former Wallabies flyer Clyde Rathbone believes Jake White faces a tougher task turning around the Brumbies than he did transforming the Springboks into rugby world champions.

Rathbone captained the South African under-21s to the 2002 world title under White's coaching and last week hailed his former mentor's appointment.

But the winger, who played 52 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies and 26 Tests for Australia after emigrating, warned White faces a more difficult job than he did with the Springboks, who went on to win the 2007 World Cup under his guidance.

Rathbone believes it's a good move by the Brumbies with White having a record of turning teams around but says it's probably a tougher assignment given he's not necessarily going to get the cream of the crop of top players.