Heyneke establishes world schools festival

Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has reportedly established a new world schools tournament in South Africa.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Meyer has teamed up with Paarl Boys’ High School to set up the tournament.

The inaugural event, which accompanies the school’s 150th anniversary, will take place from April 2-8 next year.

"It’s always been my dream to have a top world schools tournament in South Africa," Meyer said. "I’ve spoken to the top 10 schools in South Africa and they are all very keen because this has not been done. If I can get 10 schools from abroad it will be our best against the world’s best. For me, it’s about building bridges, meeting guys and giving back."

It is believed The Scots College in Sydney, Australia is also on board, while Meyer has sent invites to 25 leading New Zealand rugby schools, and around the globe to Fiji, Tonga, Japan, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Georgia, England, Ireland and France.

Meyer, who coached the Springboks between 2012 and 2015, was earlier this year appointed as managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing.

In his new role, Meyer is required to draw upon his international sporting expertise to develop various sporting projects in South Africa, and to broaden Carinat’s business in Africa and Europe, also adding a wealth of experience to the ongoing activities in Asia Pacific.

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