Meyer: 'I'm a total nutter'

2015-10-29 07:06
Heyneke Meyer (pic)

Guildford - South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer on Wednesday said he is a "total nutter" as he announced his determination to stay as Springbok coach.

The two-time world champions suffered the biggest upset in World Cup history when they lost their opening match to Japan.

The team eventually went out in the semi-final against defending champions New Zealand but doubts remain about 48-year-old Meyer's future.

"I just know rugby gives this nation hope and if I can be part of the solution then I want to be part of it," Meyer said as he announced his team for Friday's third-place play-off against Argentina.

"It's easy to criticise and I've probably made a lot of mistakes, but I'm a positive person, I want to be part of the solution," he added.

"Seeing the youngsters coming through, if I can make a difference in any capacity I'll do it."

"I'm totally crazy, I'm a total nutter," Meyer declared.

"Sometimes on the video I can't believe it's me, but that's who I am on the sidelines.

"I just love my country and I love people, and if I can make a difference so be it.

"But I must say this is a tough job but still an honour.

Meyer said he believed the South African squad, a mixture of young talent such as Handre Pollard and veterans like try-scoring machine Bryan Habana, "will be invincible" if they can be kept together.

Teams:

South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Argentina:

15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez (captain), 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matas Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16 Lucas Noguera, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Pablo Socino

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