The Bulls announced early last week that the 59-year-old underwent successful emergency stomach surgery on January 8 evening.
White had been ill during the Bulls’ recent trip to Wales, but the squad believed he was on the mend as they returned from Newport. The team returned to South Africa, landing at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday mid-morning; however, he complained of incapacitating stomach cramps and had to be transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery.
Two hours of effective surgery were performed in a Pretoria hospital.
White will take a brief sabbatical from his team responsibilities until February 8 as he recovers from surgery and completes his rehabilitation regimen. This was announced by the Bulls.
“At this time, the club is unsure of the duration of this period and will rely on the expertise and counsel of the medical staff,” read a statement released on Monday. Bulls’ fans, stakeholders, and the South African rugby-loving public will be informed of any developments or updates as they occur. The coaching staff will continue to share leadership responsibilities while the director of rugby is absent.”
European URC teams will compete in South Africa during the Six Nations.
The Bulls will bolster their roster by bringing two experienced South Africans back from the northern hemisphere for the next season.