Bulls on the hunt for a new coach




The Blue Bulls Company (BBC) is said to be involved in a frantic eleventh-hour search for a Super 14 coach following unconfirmed reports that incumbent coach Heyneke Meyer does not want to continue coaching the Super 14 champions.


The position is surrounded by confusion as it was initially thought that that Meyer was favourite to take over from Jake White as Springbok coach and this would leave the Bulls without a Super 14 coach but now according to South Africa’s IOL the search has gone from a low-key search for a replacement by the Bulls into a scramble following word that Meyer had also excluded himself from coaching the Bulls again.


Meyer became the first and only South African coach to win the Super 14 and he has won the Currie Cup three times and produced the bulk of the World Cup winning Springboks. A total of 11 players from the Bulls went to France this year.


“He has won everything there is to win in South Africa and the Super 14 as well. The next step for him would be the Springbok coaching job and if he can’t get that there will be no reason for him to keep on coaching. There is nothing left for him to achieve in domestic rugby,” said a source close to Meyer to IOL.


Blue Bulls coach Pote Human is standing in for Meyer and has been in charge of the Bulls pre-season training sessions which began on Monday.


IOL also reports that the Bulls have been secretly interviewing candidates for Meyer’s job which include former Bulls coach and Springbok technical advisor Rudi Joubert, current Springbok forward coach Gert Smal, Namibian assistant and former Bulls assistant coach John Williams, former Stormers coach Alan Solomons, former Cats coach Frans Ludeke and the Blue Bulls junior coaches Ashley Evert and Nico Serfontein.


Of this group, IOL says that it seems Serfontein stands a good chance of being elevated up the Bulls pecking order and could find himself battling it out with Human.


Last week the BBC formally advertised vacancies for the Vodacom Cup and under-21 head coaching positions further highlighting the growing coaching crisis.

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