Jake White's head as Springbok coach could roll before the World Cup tournament if his selections do not meet the expectations of SA Rugby executives.
This was the tone of the message SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins delivered in an interview with East Coast Radio on Wednesday.
According to a transcription of the interview, published on the SuperSport Zone, Hoskins made it clear that SA Rugby executives were unhappy about the "spat" between White and flank Luke Watson.
"If (the leadership) is not happy with the coach's selections then we must change the coach. If the administration is not happy with situation, then it must have the coach that it prefers," Hoskins said in the interview with the KwaZulu-Natal radio station.
Top administrators had earlier added Watson's name to the squad of 45 players invited to attend a training camp in Bloemfontein, despite opposition from White and the two selectors.
"The Luke Watson issue has been discussed by leadership on a number of occasions. It is something that we have discussed with Jake White and the selectors over a period of more than a year," Hoskins said during the interview.
"We indicated our concern at the relationship between the two of them, and felt it was unhealthy. It is not good for the sport when there is a spat between the player and the coach.
"We talk to Jake often, he comes to our Board meetings to give updates, and we have indicated to him that we view it as a problem relationship."
Asked whether there could be further intervention by SA Rugby if Watson is not in the squad of 30 players that White is expected to announce on Monday, Hoskins said he hoped it would not be necessary.
"I don't want to predict what will happen. I trust that common sense will prevail."
White will trim the training squad of 46 before announcing his Springbok group for the two Test matches against England.
It is generally accepted that he and the selectors will give in to pressure exerted by SA Rugby administrators to include Watson in the elite squad.
Media not allowed to attend or report
Watson reported to the training camp in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. The players will undergo a number of tests before being sent home on Friday.
White did not address members of the news media on Wednesday, as usually happens at the start of a training camp.
It appeared that he had, after consultation with the Springbok team's management, decided against doing so.
The coach will be available for media interviews only on Monday. This is said to be because the administrators want the focus to remain on the Super 14 final between the Sharks and the Bulls this week.
Springbok team manager Zola Yeye denied on Wednesday that White had been gagged.
Vusai Kama, media manager of the Springboks, said White would still be the guest speaker at a breakfast to be held in Bloemfontein on Thursday but media representatives would not be allowed to attend or report on the event [/b]
From superrugby.co.za (Found it on another board)