"In Black and White" traces the gripping life story of Springbok rugby coach Jake White, right up to and including the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The first man to coach the Springboks for four successive seasons, White's rise to the top job in SA Rugby is a journey of intense determination to succeed against all odds: a troubled childhood, coming to terms with the fact that he would never wear a provincial or Springbok blazer, starting out as a school coach, to his eventual elevation to arguably the toughest job in world sport. White takes readers into rugby's inner sanctum, where politicking and hidden agendas sometimes supersede the best interests of the sport, and relates the incredible highs and desperate lows of being part of the Springbok set-up. Riveting, controversial, sometimes amusing and often unbelievable, White's story will both absorb and astound.
Craig Ray is a Cape Town-based freelance sports writer and broadcaster who regularly contributes on rugby issues for a range of local and international publications and radio stations. He was appointed as the rugby writer for the newly launched The Times newspaper in June 2007, writes regular rugby features for The Weekender newspaper and is an ongoing contributor to Rugby World South Africa magazine. When not writing, he can be heard on Good Hope FM.