Meyer: I'm humbled

2012-01-27 12:59
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo)
Cape Town - Blue Bulls rugby supremo Heyneke Meyer has been appointed Springbok rugby coach, the SA Rugby Union (Saru) said on Friday.

Meyer's appointment was ratified after a SARU special general meeting on Friday morning.

The 44-year-old takes over from Pieter de Villiers, who coached the Springboks from 2008 to 2011.

"Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I've experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are," Meyer told reporters in Cape Town.

"I will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby."

Meyer, who has been given a four year contract, said it was humbling to be able to coach the Springboks.

He said he was ready for the challenge.

"I want to make the Springboks accessible to all people," Meyer said.

"I need every South African citizen to help me make this the best team in the world."

SARU president Oregan Hoskins said it was felt that a coach with a new approach and new ideas was needed for "one of the toughest jobs in South African sport".

"Heyneke has our full support and we know he won't leave any stone unturned as he strives to take the Boks back to the top of international rugby."

Hoskins said Meyer's appointment followed months of speculation regarding the favoured candidates for the position.

He and Ireland forwards coach Gert Small were tipped as the front-runners to replace De Villiers, who took the Springboks to the quarter-finals of last year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Meyer was the favourite out of four short-listed candidates four years ago to succeed World Cup winning mentor Jake White but lost out to De Villiers.

Hoskins said at the time that transformation had played an important role in the appointment of De Villiers.

Meyer guided the Bulls to South Africa's first Super Rugby title in 2007 and won four Currie Cup titles with the union, lifting the Blue Bulls from the doldrums and making them one of the most successful provincial teams in world rugby.

Read more on:    springboks  |  heyneke meyer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

05 November 2016
Barbarians v South Africa, London 15:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 15:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Millennium Stadium 19:30

Did Stormers and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit deserve to be named SA Rugby Player of the Year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.