The son of former Springbok World Cup-winning Jake White, Wesley has been in the news lately after signing a contract with England’s Premiership club Bath.
The 26-year-old loose-forward is one of three new signings at the club, who will be coached next season by former Bok assistant coach Johan van Graan.
But who exactly is white? Here are six facts about the current Bulls director of rugby’s son you may not know, according to the Bath website†
White was born in Johannesburg on December 13, 1995; he is 1.85 m tall and weighs 107 kg.
White played his school rugby for Bishops in Cape Town and ran for the first team on the wing in 2013. He also played for the Western Province U-18 team.
After college, he joined Sharks Academy, in 2014, at the same time as his father coached Jake in Durban on the Super Rugby franchise. At that stage, Wesley played hooker, but not long after moving to the east coast, he left for Montauban, a French Pro D2 side. The move coincided with Jake taking charge of the French team Montpellier.
Young White then chose to study in the US and he attended Lindenwood University in Missouri and in his three years there became a two-time winner of the Collegiate Rugby Championship and trained with the USA Eagles Sevens team. He also gained Major League Rugby experience with Austin Gilgronis.
After making a name for himself, White returned to South Africa and had trials with the Blitzboks at the National Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch. For whatever reason, he never cracked the Blitzboks side, opting to move on with his career – to England.
He joined Jersey Reds, a second division RFU Championship side based in Saint Peter, Jersey, in the Channel Islands. They were founded in 1879 and are known as the Reds.