White loads up with South Africans in Japan

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:04
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NEWS: World Cup-winning former Springbok coach Jake White, as he did at Montpellier in France, is loading up on South African players at Verblitz in Japan.

White, who led the Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, joined Verblitz from Montpellier this year.

He has acquired the services of Bulls lock Jason Jenkins, Southern Kings flyhalf Lionel Cronje and the Springbok pair of Juan Smith from Toulon and Gio Aplon from Grenoble in France.

No.8 Smith played 70 tests for the Springboks between 2003 and 2014, while utility back Aplon played 17 games for his country between 2010 and 2012.

In addition, the Top League club also announced it has signed Vatiliai Tuidraki from the Gungahlin Eagles club side in Canberra, Australia.

Tuidraki is the son of former Japan player Pat Tuidraki, who passed away in 2002 as the result of kidney failure after a career that saw him play 19 times for Japan and six for Fiji.

Source: Japan Times