Heyneke won't apply - Matfield

2011-10-11 17:59

Johannesburg - Legendary lock Victor Matfield says Blue Bulls rugby head, Heyneke Meyer, won't apply for the position as new Springbok coach.

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Confusion reigned straight after the Boks' World Cup quarter-final loss to Australia on Sunday on whether incumbent head coach Peter de Villiers would still be in charge of the Springboks.

De Villiers, however, made it clear on Monday that he had not resigned as earlier reported, and was vague on his availability for the job once his contract expired at the end of the year.

"I don't know who is available, but I know someone like Heyneke [Meyer] will not apply because of his new role at the Bulls and I don't know if Rassie [Erasmus] will be interested," said Matfield, who retired as one of the highest capped Springboks of all time.

"I don't know if Peter is available, but I think he should probably get over the emotions first."

Matfield also said it is important for the SA Rugby Union (SARU) to fill the Springbok coaching position as soon as possible.

He said Western Province coach Allister Coetzee - who was assistant coach to former national coach Jake White when they won the 2007 World Cup in France - might also be knocking on the door for the position.

"Toetie [Coetzee] was a great coach when I was playing under him. He is also a wonderful person and probably a strong candidate," Matfield said.

"Maybe guys from overseas like [former Springbok coach] Nick Mallett will also be interested."

Pundits have already started speculating about De Villiers's possible replacement, with New Zealand-born coaches plying their trade in South Africa also receiving mentions.

Sharks coach John Plumtree and Lions mentor John Mitchell, who both hail from Hawera in Taranaki, New Zealand, were considered contenders for the job.

Matfield, however, felt that the Boks were not ready for a foreign coach and it would be a grave mistake if SARU went that route.

The 34-year-old said the remaining Springbok players had not yet received their contracts for next year, which he said caused a lot of uncertainty among the players.

"If SA Rugby can sort that out as soon as possible it would be great," he said.

"During the previous World Cup, we worried even before the start of the tournament, and there were about 10 guys who signed contracts for the new year.

"The funny thing is that no one even talked about it this year. I spoke to guys like Jean (De Villiers) and Schalk (Burger) and they said they had not signed anything yet."


  • RaggedTooth - 2011-10-11 18:15

    There you have it folks - king Matfield have spoken. So even if Heyneke thought of applying for the job, Matfield have already said No! It seems as though he'll allow Rassie to at least make up his own mind.

      Baylion - 2011-10-11 18:21


      mikedek - 2011-10-11 18:32

      @Raggedtooth. What is your issue!! This is a typical report from an interview where these questions were presented and likely this is the interviewers interpretation of his responses. In any event Victor would have been very close to Heyneke to be able to repond as he did. But your response smacks of "ill feelings" Take your chip elsewhere!!

      StangV2_0 - 2011-10-11 18:54

      well based on their current form.. Uhm.. NO THANKS!!

      odysseus - 2011-10-11 19:17

      @mikedek.... I think his (raggedtooth) blog was tongue in cheek

      Phillip Carlisle - 2011-10-11 19:58

      Blackfan, don't be a complete whop, every rugby player and fan knows that without a doubt that Victor was by far the best lock in the world, ask Sean Fitzpatrick. Average? Idiot!

  • A_dagio - 2011-10-11 18:53

    @mikedek. Can you say "tongue in cheek"?

  • Sbuda - 2011-10-11 19:02

    Probably cause he knows he hasn't done anything in the last for years to even justify applying!

      John Douglas - 2011-10-11 20:01

      He has achieved enough not to have to worry about the last few years.

      rockurassoff - 2011-10-12 07:57

      @ Sbuda - do you mean "FOUR years"?

  • StangV2_0 - 2011-10-11 19:10

    well.. J white is now coaching the brumbies. So in a few months from now we will be able to see if he really knows what he is doing. maybe Jake has a plan/ Maybe he is also tired of all the trash talk and wants to prove it.. lol if he wins Super 14 next year!! =))

      mistral1 - 2011-10-12 08:00

      I would think that a WC, a TN, and two world coach of the year awards, would be enough to prove he knows what he's doing. I'm quite certain he has more achievments on his CV, in his chosen career, than most.

      StangV2_0 - 2011-10-12 17:20

      yeah i would think so as well. But the stereotype fools on these wbpages,blogs etc all say they dont want him back. Thats why i am hoping for a super 14 brumbie season of not. best way for him to silence his critics.

  • Jacques Ackermann - 2011-10-11 19:15

    why oh why do i get this sneaky feeling PDV will be reappointed again ????. now even victor matfield is starting spew out a few words about this whole issue. i do have to admit i do like the full out attack style we had against the aussies. was a sight to be hold.

  • Jacques Ackermann - 2011-10-11 19:20

    we always have a good defensive set piece driven team over the years. if we added a attacking minded mindset to it i promise you we will destroy everything before us. AB aussies you name it. who ever is the coach needs to take this on board and develop out pattern of play. nobody wants to see this rubbish up and under style that we saw against the welsh and samoa. this playing style against the aussies is the way forward for SB rugby. we created chances. if a bit more match practice we could have pulled of those chances. aussie defence is world class but we ripped them open like they were not even there.

      Mulla - 2011-10-12 08:42

      Keep dreaming - Bring back the SPRINGBOK emblem and choose a coach and players on merit then you will see a different team. The SPRINGBOK emblem is off the South African rugby jersey... Now the south african rugby team will be known as the Proteas.

      kosie - 2011-10-12 10:38

      @ mulla , you guys are sosimple minded,the bok emblemwillbe back next year, the only reasonit was removed is because on the right youhave tohave your national emblem,which is the protea and has been forever, and duringthe world cup they had tomake way for the IRB logo,and were not allowed to put anything onthe jerseys apart from the irb logo and national emblem. bafana also have the emblem yet they are still bafana.

  • jay - 2011-10-11 19:21

    Whoever will do the job, please do it well and take our rugby to where it belongs: No.1 in the world. We have the best talent and loads of depth in most positions and are envied worldwide. Modern running rugby combined with our physicality and intensity will do it. Now start picking the team by talent!

      raven7 - 2011-10-12 05:14

      the scary part of this comment is you really believe it, what makes you think your rugby belongs at No 1 in the world? loads of depth....excuse me but your B team got destroyed! when you are No 1, and have EARNT that right year after year, then and only then will you be envied worldwide haha

  • blackfan - 2011-10-11 21:04

    @@Marco Never knew that this site is exclusively for Bok supporters. Come now. don't you guys live in a democracy?.Grow up,still a little bit bitter about Sunday, Your Bok team are out of the World Cup, hard to swallow, hey but life goes on. Cheer up,my good fellow!

      Kudubul - 2011-10-12 05:23

      @blackfan- ag just get over yourself man, we played - we lost - so what, there can only be one winner anyway. Hopefully youre not gone have crocodile tears along the way.

  • Goliver - 2011-10-11 21:10

    Legendary lock Victor Matfield was a couple of seasons ago!! but disapeared in most games after the first half although he did have a bit of a higher work rate during the game against oz. Taking a couple of balls in the lineout is not the only job of a good lock ?? I believe that Victor rates himself and has rated himself far to important in both Blue Bull and South African Rugby for quite a while now.!!! Who is he to comment on who should and who should not apply and who qualifies and who does not for the Springboks next coach or should we ask who was the fool who asked him the question if anybody ? It is time for S.A to have the best possible coach who is not told by senior players how and what he can and cannot do and have no provincial or any other preferences but doing what is the best for S.A.RUGBY and the paying South African public. Too many people get personal and emosional about these issues and attack each other instead of to concentrate on the real importance of the article.

  • Bloubul Jonck - 2011-10-11 23:32

    This is so sad Heyneke is , am , are the best coach ever

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-12 08:42

      ...yes, ....Heyneke Meyer was robbed in 2007...!!

  • Boy Louw - 2011-10-12 08:01

    Heyneke knows politics will keep him out of the job, why merely be part of a process decided beforehand?

      Felix - 2011-10-12 08:55

      Kinda like the RWC this year.

  • Yip - 2011-10-12 09:58

    Sal ook nie my kop in daardie Nes Bye steek nie!!!!!

  • Ronel - 2011-10-16 11:17

    well anybody can be appointed as long as it isn`t that stupid from the WP i think he can`t even coach school kids and the proof is in the pudding just look at the trophy case it is still empty even with rassie there sorry give the job to h meyer he has the trophy`s and pedigree as proof

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