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Bulls play ‘wait-and-see’ game

The Bulls, winners of this year’s Super 14 competition, will adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude over the possibility that their coach Heyneke Meyer could be appointed Springbok coach.

Heyneke’s name was mentioned with three others as being on the short-list for appointment as successor to World Cup-winning coach Jake White.

The coach will be named early in December, according to Johan Prinsloo, the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

“It’s business as usual. We cannot make a move on Heyneke before any official announcement that he has in fact been appointed,” said Barend van Graan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Limited, on Tuesday.

“The Bulls start training on November 12, and Heyneke will be in charge.”

Van Graan declined to say whether the Bulls had identified someone to take over should Meyer be appointed.

It could, however, be catastrophic for the Bulls if Meyer were to leave them in December. With only weeks to go before the first Super 14 matches in February, that will give his successor very little time to forge a unit and as it is, the team will be without players of the caliber of World Cup winners Victor Matfield and Gary Botha – both playing abroad.

Meyer has been named along with former Cats coach Chester Williams, SA Under-21 coach Peter de Villiers and Jake White assistant backline coach Allister Coetzee, as being on the short list.

SA Rugby officials would not confirm or deny the names on Tuesday.


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