Jack White is recreating the Brumbies.
In the 18 months since Jack White took the coaching position at the ACT Brumbies his careful planning and strategic player signings have already begun to show in this year’s rugby season.
The Brumbies have begun a perfect start to the season with a 2 for 2 record and a bye this week putting them in top position. Into this will enter short term signing George Smith who is currently off-season for the Japanese club, Suntory Sungoliath.
The deal was confirmed by Fox Sports and will see Smith available for the Brumbies round three clash against the NSW Waratahs. The signing is already being hailed as a masterstroke by White who has been working hard to establish a winning culture back into the Brumbies.
Smith will be joining star signing and current Australian captain David Pocock as well as former teammate George Gregan who has been brought into the coaching staff. White has big plans to bring back the Brumbies former glory days that saw them win the Super Rugby title in 2001 and 2004.
“I think one of the things that made the Brumbies very different in the early times was the point of difference and in some ways we probably neglected that,” he said.
“One of the things that I really worked on hard when I got the job was making sure we instilled those values system again.”
White will be looking for Smith to play a senior role as both a mentor and a player, who with 110 test matches under his belt will have plenty of experience and knowledge to pass on to their younger players.
Smith will play for the Brumbies until June when he will return to Japan and has ruled out the possibility of playing against the Lions when their tour begins in June.