Heyneke’s company shows interest in buying SWD

Heyneke Meyer (Gallo)
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is reportedly keen to get involved at his former team, the SWD Eagles.

According to Sunday's Rapport newspaper, Carinat Sports Marketing - who recently appointed Meyer as its managing director - is planning to buy 74% shares in the South Western Districts Rugby Union.

It is believed that SWD's clubs are in favour of Meyer re-joining forces with the George-based union, who ply their trade in the Currie Cup First Division.

Meyer was SWD Eagles coach between 1997 and 2000 when he built the team into a force in the early days of the professional era.

He coached the Eagles to the Currie Cup semi-finals in 1999.

It was recently announced that Meyer had joined the Hong Kong-based Carinat Sports Marketing as managing director of the business.

At the time of his appointment it was said that Meyer would be drawing 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.

After the appointment was made official, Meyer commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Carinat Sports Marketing, especially since this opportunity will allow me to live out my passion, which is sports, in South Africa, where I have always said I would like to make a difference. I had some enticing offers from abroad, but I love my country and it is where I would like to be involved in the business of sport."

Meyer, who coached the Springboks for four seasons between 2012 and 2015, said he was eager to get involved in rugby again.
“I first met the team from Carinat at the World Club 10s in Mauritius in June last year and their unique approach immediately impressed me. At the World Club 10s I was involved with the African Pacific Dragons team - my first involvement with rugby since the end of 2015. And that involvement at the World Club 10s reminded me yet again that rugby is my passion. The atmosphere created by having great players from all over the world playing on an island paradise is totally unique in the rugby world - it is a true festival," Meyer continued.

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