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Ex-Bok has faith in Meyer

2012-01-24 17:24

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Heyneke Meyer is one of the most astute coaches in world rugby today, and the Springboks could only benefit by having him as their coach for the next few years.

This is the view of ex-Springbok winger Ricardo Loubscher, who knows Meyer better than many in rugby circles and believes he has what it takes to be a success at international level.

Loubscher played under Meyer for the Bulls several years ago, and has for the past seven years served an apprenticeship at the Bulls where he has been backline coach for the Bulls junior teams and Tuks in the Varsity Cup.

One of the criticisms against Meyer has been that he hasn’t coached for a few years, but Loubscher, who served alongside the Bulls Director of coaching in helping Tuks reach their first Varsity Cup final believes he has lost none of his magic.

“In my experience he is one of the most strategically minded coaches that you get,” Loubscher told SuperSport.com. “He surrounds himself just with the best in the business and he leads by letting you know that if you are around him, you have his backing 100% and expects the same back.

“I worked with him at the Varsity Cup a year back and he was exceptional. He can only be an asset to the system and has a wealth of experience to utilise in the position. “

Meyer is the favourite to be named Springbok coach on Friday when the South African Rugby Union convene to amend the appointment. His track record of becoming the first South African coach to win a Super Rugby title, as well as four Currie Cup and one Vodacom Cup title speaks volumes for his experience.

Loubscher doesn’t see too many underhanded deals this time round. In 2008, Meyer was expected to take the job, and was even promised before the meeting he had the position, but SARU decided on Peter de Villiers, who was, according to president Oregan Hoskins at the time, not the best candidate.

“If he is the best man for the job, then he will get the job. But that he is a quality coach is unmistaken. His record speaks for itself with all the titles he has won,” Loubscher said.

“I played under him as a player and worked with him as a coach and it was a privilege. He knows how to build teams and to take them to the next level and to get them to perform, and that’s what we need at the Springboks.”

Meyer was appointed last year as the Bulls Director of coaching to help rebuild the Bulls after the departure of several Springbok stars.

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Comments
  • Garth - 2012-01-24 17:59

    I sincerely hope that he does not sign a contract for only TWO years. We need the new coach to take us to the next World Cup.

      Hoo - 2012-01-24 19:48

      20 jaar++ !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Geronimo - 2012-01-24 21:52

      Garth, I disagree. We need to get over this fixation with the RWC and its 4 year cycles. We want our team to win EVERY game, not just a QF, SF and Final once every four years and have to put up with our coachs' excuses of "judge me at the World Cup" or "I'm building for the World Cup". If the team does poorly, then the coach is ultimately to blame...I would have thought the lessons of PDV's coaching tenure would have been learned. He had an exceptional 2009 but the other 3 years were mostly mediocre. A two year contract with performance clauses is ideal.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-24 18:04

    Ricardo Loubscher? Couldn't get anyone else to comment?

      Reon - 2012-01-24 18:07

      My thought exactly, i had to go and Google him to find out who he was or is.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-24 20:14

      Jah Reon it shows how much you know about rugby, Had it been Jaco Pretorious ... gues what you orobably would have had the stats on him

      Bob - 2012-01-24 20:29

      He was a bloody good player and clearly a decent gentleman - maybe you would not recognise that?

      Bootman - 2012-01-24 21:44

      Reon that only goes to show that you're dumb.

      Lonne - 2012-01-25 03:42

      Reon and Squeegee are two typical racist japies (probably from behind the Soutpansberg)that only knows white players and anyone else could just as well have been from Mars.

      Smell - 2012-01-25 06:06

      Squeegee and Reon, the point is that this is a player of colour, previously a proud Springbok, giving his first hand experience of a coach who happens to be an Afrikaner, and fully supporting him. In the context of South Africa's past and present, that is a big mouthful. But I guess for some South Africans the big picture still goes "whoosh" over the head.

  • Huey - 2012-01-24 19:21

    Well said Reon

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 20:15

      I see you also know nothing about rugby.

  • bfvillet - 2012-01-24 19:47

    oh no the bulls bought tuks a team to get to the final whereas the others coached theirs to it .The media seem to be doing everything in its power to persuade sarfu to appoint him.I hope they are not listening.

  • granville.paulse - 2012-01-25 15:13

    Heyneke our saviour. Wait until 2014. Springbok supporters normally call for the coach's head 1 year before the WC. It happened to Jake White, Pdivy et al. Good luck Mr Meyer. Youa re going to need it.

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