Jake White Calls Jonathan Kaplan the "Ultimate Professional" in Call It Like It Is Excerpt
Jake White, director of the Sharks rugby team, wrote the foreword to Jonathan Kaplan’s biography, Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story.
In the foreword, which has been shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, White recalls first coming across Kaplan when he was playing rugby in high school.
“Jonathan is the ultimate professional and always has been,” White writes. “In the early days it was nothing to see Jonathan blow a Test match with some of the world’s biggest and best players on a Friday night at Ellis Park only for him to turn around on the Saturday morning and officiate a First-XV match in Joburg suburbia.”
Read White’s forword:
My first dealings with Jonathan Kaplan were when he was a senior at King David Linksfield, a large Jewish school in the heart or Johannesburg. He was a small but keen rugby player coming through the junior ranks playing mostly scrumhalf, if I remember correctly. Despite being a quick and intelligent player, Jonathan was never going to be big enough to make it as a professional. But wanting to stay involved with the game, it wasn’t surprising to see him take up refereeing at a young age. I can remember Jonathan blowing First-XV games with boys just a year or two younger than him, and it was clear even then that he would go places. He commanded respect, and he was accurate and fair.