The Brumbies were formed in 1996 during the transition from the Super 10 to Super 12 (now Super Rugby) competition. The Brumbies were thought to be the “reject” team, consisting of players who lacked the skill to get into one of the other two stronger Australian Super Rugby teams.
Just two months after leading the Brumbies to the Super Rugby final, Jake White has asked the board to relieve him of the final two years of his contract.
When he took over at the club, it was at its lowest following a 13th-place finish in 2011. This year White ended the Brumbies nine-year play-off drought, but they lost in the final to the Waikato Chiefs in August.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) overlooked White for the Wallabies coaching job in July after sacking Robbie Deans. He was left jaded and fuming with Australian rugby with the way they treated him after awarding Ewen McKenzie with the job. White also wants to be more of an involved father to his sons, Clinton and Wes.
Candidates for the coaching job
According to Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan, Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher (White’s assistant coaches) are prime candidates to take over the role. Larkham has been an assistant coach since 2011 while Fisher was the Brumbies head coach for four years from 2005 to 2008.
Fisher is currently regarded as the best technical forwards coach in Australia.
Brumbies captain Ben Mowen has revealed the confidence that the players have in both Larkham and Fisher should one of them assume the role of head coach.