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Roux backs 'manager' Meyer

2012-02-01 07:59

Cape Town - Maties coach Chean Roux believes Heyneke Meyer is a superb coach, but also a "manager" who will get Springbok rugby on the right track.

Roux played under Meyer in 1999 when the latter was forwards coach at the Stormers. They have remained in contact since.

"For me there's no doubt that the correct appointment was made.

"You need a head coach that can talk to the players and the media, and then behind the scenes you need a number of workaholics. I almost want to label them data processors. They come up with all the ideas and plans. You discuss it with them and then convey it to all the players," Roux told Die Burger newspaper.

"I always use Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United's manager) as an example. He can't still be a good technical coach at 70, but no one knows about the 11 coaches that work under him.

"He has the aura to convey things to the players and to get the best out of them. I think we make a mistake to use the term 'coach'".

"Heyneke should be seen as a manager. What does the Springbok coach do? He has to get ideas and then manage the execution of it."

Roux also believes Meyer will be a key cog on a psychological front for the Boks.

"His approach is very much based on the psychological aspect of rugby. It's the way in which you carry something across to someone which makes the difference.

Roux was referring to his time with Meyer in 1999 at the Stormers.

"The forwards were eager to scrum even before they got to the scrum machine.

"They were never eager for scrumming beforehand. It takes a special person and touch to establish such an aptitude," said Roux.

Sport24

Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 08:01

    Heyneke are a legend.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:00

      No, Heyneke ARE.

      Bootman - 2012-02-01 09:04

      Isak you make even less sense than Bulldozer

      colin.dovey - 2012-02-01 09:09

      Ha Ha - "IS" ....."ARE"....Yes...Ja.....whatever....as long as we beat our favourite enemies for once and all.

      Jason - 2012-02-01 09:39

      Er no.... no he isnt.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:47

      Jason, how about putting out another camp fire with your face?

  • Robbie Taylor - 2012-02-01 08:07

    One coach I respect talking with respect about another coach I respect. Respect!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 08:10

      I respect man who respect a coach who talks about respecting another coach you respect. Respect!

      Saffa - 2012-02-01 08:29

      Go to sleep Dozey. By my reckoning you have been awake for 28 hours solid.......Jetlagged much?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 08:38

      I'll sleep when I'm dead. I dozed (pun?) off in my late afternoon, which will be your midnight.

      Saffa - 2012-02-01 09:05

      Sheez, so many thumbs down for caring about my friend in DC.......Hell Dozey, if this carries on I'm going to be as "popular" round here as what you are.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:16

      That will never happen. Did you see my situation on the Clyde Rathbone article? A liitle misunderstanding and look where I'm at.

      Saffa - 2012-02-01 09:22

      @Dozey - lol. I do think folk have become a little 'too' precious in general.....If one can no longer find humour in anything (even the risky humour) then the Mayans may just have it right = 2012. Honestly: folk take forums like this a little too seriously at times. Stepping on toes is part of the forums attraction. There isn't any rugby of substance being played at the moment that warrants serious discussion - so why not have a little fun?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 09:34

      Thanks Saffa, but I can sort of understand if some (most) didn't interpret it my way. I forgive them though.

      Jason - 2012-02-01 09:39

      Guy just wants a job. Probably sends him flowers once a week plus pictures of himself up and undering.

  • Bootman - 2012-02-01 08:52

    Seems to me Chean is looking for a job from Meyer.

      Saffa - 2012-02-01 09:09

      I wish the WPRFU would drag Chean away from the Maties and utilise him within the senior structures.

  • Keith - 2012-02-01 09:05

    it is with interest that I have observed the comments around the appointment of Heynecke Meyer as the new Springbok coach.Let me from the start say that I support any coach whether I agree with it or not.Coaches do not appoint themselves anyway.Let me come to my point.What is interesting to me is that the previous coach were not afforded the same support and or wellwishes as Heynecke is getting now. It raises the question to me as a Springbok supporter whether we are really ready to allow any non white coach to succeed in South African rugby? I'm not racist but this question is bothering me now for a long time. Appointment of a black coach always are seen as a token position not as a merit appointment. This tendency is rive from schoolboy rugby up to franchise and national.My humble appeal to all Springbok supporters is to support every coach irrespective of his cultural grouping as a servant of our beautiful game. Vorentoe Bokke.

      Bootman - 2012-02-01 09:35

      Keith I agree with you wholeheartedly. Pdv's appointment was met with negativity and malice from day one. So called "Bok supporters" willed him to fail. Make no mistake, I want the boks to do well irrespective of who the coach is, but the abuse hurled at Pdv during his tenure makes me think twice about supporting them. The question that I keep asking is, are people of colour part of rugby in SA? Are you only accepted if you can score 3 tries per match and help the boks win or scrum the opposition into the ground on your own? If a player of colour has one bad game, he is labelled a quota selection. According to many here, Pdv destroyed Bok rugby and it will now have to be rebuilt by "the saviour" Heyneke Meyer. If white supporters couldnt support a black coach, Why should I support a white coach?

      Hansie - 2012-02-01 09:51

      Keith & Bootman. I can only speak for myself. I never did and never will be of the opinion that PdV is a good coach. It is not about color or race. I am a WP supporter and support Allistair Coetzee 100%, because he is a good coach. If you want to bring color or race into this, then you are no better than the people who did not support PdV because of his color and race.

  • Jimmy - 2012-02-01 09:12

    Phew for a moment I thought the article was about Jurie Roux, now that guy "are" a total tool !!! :)

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-01 09:52

      Speaking of total tools. Top of the morning to ya

      Hansie - 2012-02-01 09:52

      You say this because.............................

      Jimmy - 2012-02-02 08:18

      Penny penny penny, always so much to say !!! just wait till he relegates the sharks next year, dumb-ass !!!

  • Keith - 2012-02-01 10:07

    Hansie my friend luckily I am also a Stormers and WP supporter.Certainly my comment is not about colour of a coach but the bias towards who is the coach. Take Toetie our coach as an example. For the past few seasons WP and Stormers under his leadership has contested semi's as well as finals for both the Super 15 and Currie Cup but he was never accredited with that from some circles.The point I'm making is that all coaches must be afforded the space and the time to do what they are appointed to do without fear or favour.

  • Johan - 2012-02-01 11:18

    Hy soek net werk!

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