Heyeneke Meyer cuts all ties with Rugby


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South Africa’s only Super 14 winning coach and former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has severed all ties with rugby, and his only contact with the game in future will be to watch his three young sons play at primary schools level.

Meyer has accepted a senior position with sport supplement company USN in which he has also acquired a shareholding, Rapport reported on Sunday The former Bulls coach, who was the favourite to be appointed Springbok coach, was last month pipped in the boardroom when the presidents’ council gave Peter de Villiers the mandate to coach the Springboks.

The report quotes Meyer as saying “To coach the Springboks was my last remaining dream in rugby. What happened there was disappointing.”

However, he said the way in which he was ousted – with the president of the SA Rugby Board Oregan Hoskins admitting that the appointment of De Villiers’ was not based on rugby reasons alone – was not why he had decided to cut all rugby ties.

Meyer coached the Blue Bulls to three Currie Cup championships and once to a share of the spoils, as well as to Vodacom Cup success. Last year he became the first South African coach to win the Super 14 with the Bulls.

Although he has been in great demand as coach at overseas clubs and even national sides, Meyer said at heart he remains a South African and “‘f I can’coach the Boks, I don’t want to coach.”

He said he would not miss the politics of rugby, and also expressed his concern about the number of top players leaving for overseas clubs.

“More must be done to keep them from leaving,” said Meyer. Meyer wished the Springboks and Peter de Villiers everything of the best.

Sapa – Super14.com

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