Meyer SMS's Bulls goodbye

2012-01-30 13:12

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Pretoria - Despite the fall-out with the Blue Bulls Company, players and coaching staff at the Loftus Versfeld union had the confirmed news of Heyneke Meyer’s appointment almost 24 hours before it was finally made public.

Meyer sent a heartfelt personal SMS message to the Bulls players, coaching staff and close friends as he spent his last night as the Bulls Director of Coaching, thanking them for their loyalty and support over the years.

The message, in Afrikaans, was Meyer’s farewell to his life at the Bulls before becoming, as he said at his appointment “a coach for all of South Africa, not just one province.”

“I will be appointed as Springbok coach tomorrow,” the text message read. “I don’t want you to hear it in the media.

“It was a very very big decision for me. But it is about the bigger picture. Just want to say thank you for what you meant in my life.”

Meyer continued to give credit to his management team and thanked them for getting him where he is today.

“It is because of the inputs of my whole management team that this is possible today. It wasn’t my own feat alone. Want to thank you out of the bottom of my heart,” Meyer’s message continued.

“I am going to miss you greatly, especially the great times. Thank you very very much. Apologies if my decision damages you in any way. It was never my intention. Want to do the best for you, the team and every individual.”

Meyer ended the message with pride and thanked his colleagues for all their help.

“It is goodbye, but not farewell,” it continued, “May God bless you richly. Proud to be associated with you. Once a Bull, always a Bull. Greetings Heyneke Meyer.”

Meyer’s new role began on Friday when he accepted the toughest post in world rugby and promised to do the country proud.

Given his success and loyalty at the Bulls, it is hard to imagine that he won't be able to copy that over to the Springboks.


  • Jason - 2012-01-30 13:15

    He followed that by giving his phone a heartfelt up and under.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-30 13:20

      Jy is nou maar eenmaal n idioot.

      Dale - 2012-01-30 13:29

      Jason what do you have against Bulls rugby anyway? As a Sharks fan i'm saying this. I mean they have won the most Super 14 titles out of all of the franchises? He's the new Bok Coach, support him don't slate him.

      acdcdclm - 2012-01-30 13:50

      A pity you were not the cell phone.

      Jason - 2012-01-30 16:47

      Ladies, thank you for your comments. Spose Im just tired of watching us play the same brain dead style of forwards rugby. NZ is going to keep cleaning us up unless we can come up with some fresh play.

      jono99 - 2012-01-31 11:41

      Hahahahahahaha!!! I'm sorry to all you light hearts and no sense of humour, but I found that pretty darn funny. Having said that, I don't have anything against HM being the new coach, even though I'm a saddened Stormers/WP supporter

  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-30 13:21

    n Eerbare man.

      Sean - 2012-01-30 22:09

      Not a bull fan , but I agree with you !

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  • Lionel - 2012-01-30 13:31

    No wonder Spies can say "he knew in the back of he's head he was gonna Captain the Bulls"He learnt from HM!!!!!!!

      Bames - 2012-01-30 13:46

      In one of his recent interviews as Bok coach he said he‘s a firm believer of mental toughness. So judging by the Stormers' lack of mental toughness in big and important games, it is safe to say that Heyneke is not a Stormers believer... or in their slack and individualistic culture.

      Lionel - 2012-01-30 13:52

      So Nic,last week you were having a go at me about an "agreement" between HM and the Bulls and I told you agreement or no agreement HM will be announced Bok coach,so what happened????? Why you so fascinated with the Stormers,dying to be a supporter and bitter cause they won't except your application form?????

      Isabel - 2012-01-30 13:54

      Thank goodness most people have a choice in life and I assume most people choose not to be associated with you. A real pathetic individual. Let me guess - you are one of those "wanna be men". For once we have a man of integrity as Springbok coach and the best you can do is slate a Bulls player. Get a life.

      Lionel - 2012-01-30 13:59

      Isabel,you musn't talk about Nic like that!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bames - 2012-01-30 14:49

      Yes Lionel, how dare you! No mental toughness...

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-30 14:57

      Isabel I take it your a real big footbal fan also.......

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 15:29

      @Nic: Up yours china, who's your team and lets see how things go this season!

      Saffa - 2012-01-30 16:10

      ROTFLMAO @Lionel - the blue ones are a little vulnerable at the moment. They feel betrayed, bewildered, confused...... They have lost their Jedi knight to the Boks, and the ship up north is already starting to leak water.......We need to appreciate their angst and allow for their little tantrums in the weeks to come.

  • Spikes - 2012-01-30 13:36

    Hel, ek wens Vodacom/MTN/CellC sal my ook toelaat om so 'n lang SMS te stuur

      Christo - 2012-01-30 13:43

      Beste kommentaar nog!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-01-31 05:08

      Wel jy kan! Of sit jy met 'n 3330?

  • reginald.dube - 2012-01-30 13:46

    this is a PR article with no value at all.... so he is a nice guy. can he bring the trophy back?

      Isabel - 2012-01-30 13:56

      At least he has a successful track record. More than any other coach in SA can say.

      reginald.dube - 2012-01-30 14:06

      yes he does (have a successful track record) ... BUT can he bring the trophy back. oooohhh and a tri nation wont hurt too.

      Burton - 2012-01-30 14:13

      He is a nice guy, and the best for the job. Much better than Piethellium. I just wish we can all stand united for our Boks, come on guys. In the end we support one team in the Tri-Nations. Let's let the games prove the man. I believe he will be the best coach since JW left!

      The-third - 2012-01-30 14:14

      Can he bring a trophy back Reginald? Who knows? No coach for the Boks, The All Blacks, The Wallabies or anyone else can guarantee that mate. All you can do is put the best guy in the driver seat and give him the support/tools he needs to give you the best possible chance.

      reginald.dube - 2012-01-30 14:29

      @The third the best man for the job, is the man who gets the job done...... is he the best man for the job? i dont know. if he fails it means he was not. @Burtton i have always supported the Boks (and always will, no matter who is the coach)

      The-third - 2012-01-30 14:41

      That's not accurate Reginald. The All Blacks had the best team at several world cups with arguably the best coaches - but circumstance and the unpredictability of sport (especially the French rugby team), shocked them out of those competitions. They persisted and won last year. (JUST). One the day, my man, any decent team can beat the world's best - and that's why we love sport. If you are looking for 100% guarantees then I suggest drinking. No matter what you do, enough dop will get you pissed, every time!

      reginald.dube - 2012-01-30 14:59

      the third i agree on the drinking LOL..... but at the end of the day the score board is the master. it does not matter what happened between the first and the last whistle. so i am saying on Meyer let the score board be the master. if he does not win the trophy he has failed. so we must find another "best man" for the job.

      jeremy002 - 2012-01-30 16:44

      I agree. The Blue Bulls have been bogged down for quite some time now with a stubborn mindset/game plan that has got them nowhere. Huge finances and a great talent pool got them nowhere lately. Heaven help the Boks if they are forced into the same dead end.

  • Justin - 2012-01-30 14:03

    "Meyer sent a heartfelt personal SMS message to the Bulls players, coaching staff and close friends" If it's personal, then keep it personal! Bloody media

  • Selma - 2012-01-30 14:37

    He most probably joined the Bulls again because he thought there would never be a white Springbok coach again. If the Boks had won the RWC Alistair or Paul would have got the job.

      Saffa - 2012-01-30 16:13

      You get out much Selma? No? How fortunate for the rest of us.

      Sean - 2012-01-30 22:11


  • Anton - 2012-01-30 15:26

    @Bulldozer se woordeskat eindig by "idioot", seker Danville Laerskool se enigste beskrywende byvoeglike naamwoord wat in Gr 7 se handboek was. Ek is mal oor Heyneke Meyer (ek is 'n Stormer!) en spyt hy was nie reeds in 2008 as die "coach" aangestel nie. Is seker hy sal ons tot groot hoogtes aanvoer en bly hy is nou weg by die Bulle, want die mentaliteit verstom my!!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 15:33

      Stem saam, alle voorspoed Bokke en HM!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-01-31 05:11

      Regtig, die bestuur van die bulle se mentaliteit verstom jou? Magtig man praat reguit vir 'n slag!

  • Marcus - 2012-01-31 06:45

    @Jason Unfortunately for you the Bulls are have been the most well rounded side of ALL SA franchises under Meyer. If you want backward dysfunctional rugby, why not cite the Sharks or Stormers? And in case you had not noticed, the All Blacks kick MORE than us! Official stats since 2009 indicate that Morne kicks less than Carter. The side that kicks the most wins most. This is simply fact. New Zealand only ever got back to winning ways in 2010 because of their incredible illegal tactics. Taking out defenders to create holes, blocking chasers, their free-for-all pillaging of rucks from every angle in every way they can possibly think of! They back this all up by kicking. No idiot runs the ball aimlessly; yet stupid South Africans are STILL bleating a style of rugby that does not exist. The last attempt at it was in 2008 and look where that got us. Recall Viljoen as well, demanding that players not kick. He only lasted a year. No. It's time Bok fans sober up and educate themselves. A simple look into the details will prevent such utter garbage being posted. Your post wreaks of backward provincial bias which is clearly devoid of any truth.

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