Bulls sack Human, White to take over on-field role

Sat, 02/05/2020, 01:08 am
Beth Newman
by Beth Newman
Jake White will take over as Bulls coach. Photo: Getty Images

When professional rugby returns, Jake White will officially be at the helm of the Bulls after Pote Human was released from his contract immediately.

Current coach Human had been informed his contract would not be renewed after the hiring of White and with the COVID-19 pandemic engulfing world sport, they agreed to an early termination.

Human's contract was set to run until October 2020 but on Friday night (AEST) the Bulls announced they had released him early.

In a statement, CEO Alfons Meyer, who is also departing the club later this month, paid tribute to Human for his work with the team.

Human is known as more than a coach at Loftus and has influenced the lives and careers of players and staff alike.

"He is a nurturer and a mentor and has made a lasting impact on many great players," he said.

"Pote is an absolute gentleman of the game and has been an asset to the Bulls Family.

"However, it is time for us to part ways, and we wish him everything of the best with his journey ahead.”

Human thanked the club for an "amazing" time as the team's coach.

"My time at Loftus has been amazing to say the least. It has been an emotional roller coaster, with many highs and lows… but through it all, I have made friendships and memories that I will treasure forever," he said.

"I have dedicated my life to this beautiful game and trust me there is no better place to do that, than at Loftus Versfeld.

"I would sincerely like to thank the BBCo for giving me the opportunity to live my dreams and for affording the privilege to work with some truly amazing people. I’d like to wish them every success going forward.

"It is important for Jake to get the backing and support from all stakeholders. He certainly has my support and I wish him all of the best.”

Human had coached the Bulls for two seasons, with 2020 his third in the top job.

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