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Former Springbok coach Meyer linked to the Force


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Former Bulls and Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has set his sights on succeeding Michael Foley as the Western Force head coach.

Foley was released from his contract earlier this month and according to reports Meyer wants to replace him.

Meyer was linked to English Rugby club Bath earlier this year but this did not work out and Meyer is now being linked to the Force in Perth.

The Force have earned just 12 points in the standings from as many games, with 10 losses and only two wins which led to Foley’s exit.

The former Springbok coach was the first South African coach to win a Super Rugby title when he led the Bulls to the first of their three titles in 2007.

Meyer will face some tough challenges ahead should he take over the reins left flapping in the wind by Foley, but the former Bulls and Springbok mentor will at least have the remainder of the Super Rugby season to assess his prospects.

“I’ll definitely look at the (Western Force) opportunity if there’s something in the pipeline,” said Meyer.

“I think there’s a great opportunity there.”

Most coaches would shy away from the potential disaster that could ensue from filling a role that was left vacant in such an abrupt manner, but Meyer instead views it as a challenge.

“The Force have got a lot of good things going for them,” he said.

“Since the Force started I always thought it was a great, great, great place to build a team.

“I’ve always liked the underdog. The big challenge is where you take a team. The challenge is to build a team, to take it and mould it the way you want.

Foley spent some time at Bath as forwards coach before joining the Wallabies as an assistant coach and then taking over as head coach at the Waratahs for the 2012 season, before moving to the Force.

Meyer, in his trajectory to the top Bok job in 2012, enjoyed coaching stints with the SWD Eagles, Emerging Springboks, Leicester Tigers and most notably the Bulls, who he helped guide to a Super 14 title in 2007.

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