Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has been linked with the coaching job at English club Bristol.
According to The Telegraph, Meyer is the favourite to replace director of rugby Andy Robinson, who has been suspended by the club.
Robinson, a former England and Scotland coach, guided Bristol back to the Premiership in May after a seven-year spell in the Championship but things have gone pear-shaped in the current season, with Bristol rock bottom following nine successive defeats.
Mark Tainton, Bristol’s kicking coach, has been placed in temporary charge as they conduct a full review of their coaching set-up.
However, it seems that Robinson is unlikely to remain at the club, despite signing a new three-year contract in August.
According to the English newspaper, Meyer heads a shortlist to replace Robinson, with ex-Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold seemingly also on the list.
Meyer, 49, coached the Springboks between 2012 and 2015, before opting not to seek an extension to his contract after last year's Rugby World Cup, where the Boks finished third.
Meyer has previous coaching experience in England, having been in charge of Leicester Tigers between 2008 and 2009.