Meyer likely to trade Blue Bulls for the Boks

2012-01-21 21:07

Heyneke Meyer and South African Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux met in Pretoria yesterday in the run-up to the announcement of the name of the new Springbok coach on Friday.

City Press has been reliably informed that the former Bulls coach and Blue Bulls Rugby Union head is involved in negotiations with Saru to finalise his contract as the Springbok coach.

This meeting, six days before Saru announces the name of the new Bok coach in Cape Town, is a strong indication that Meyer has been appointed to the position.

The process of finding a suitable successor to Peter de Villiers has been going on for some time. It now looks as if Saru’s big secret is out of the bag and that the 47-year-old Meyer will be leading the Springbok coaching team.

Unlike previous appointments of a national coach, Saru this time itself approached candidates and Roux, assisted by a technical committee, was given the task of finding a coach that would return Bok rugby to its former glory.

In the past week it was reported that De Villiers would possibly remain on as an observer until such time as the problems relating to the contractual commitments of the candidates for the job had been settled.

City Press has been informed that Meyer and the Bulls’ union were able to reach an agreement about his being released from his contract, but there will still be a certain sum payable to the union.

Apparently there is dissatisfaction among Blue Bulls Company board members because Meyer, who was appointed to his new position less than a year ago, will now become the national coach.

The coach has on previous occasions turned down the position of Bok coach in order to remain with the Bulls.

With De Villiers’s appointment in 2007 as successor to Jake White, Meyer was the big favourite for the position. But Saru surprisingly appointed De Villiers.

If Meyer is appointed on Friday, he will be the first coach from the Bulls union to coach the Boks since John Williams.

Williams was the Springbok coach when the Boks were readmitted to Test rugby in 1992 and for the first time the Boks lost a Test against France in France, suffered a record loss against Australia and lost Tests against the All Blacks and England.

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