Yes folks, it’s official, Heyneke Meyer will be the new Springbok coach. This was announced by SARU (the South African Rugby Union) earlier today after a Special General Meeting in Cape Town. He takes over from Pieter de Villiers, who coached the Springboks from 2008 to 2011.
The 44 year old former Bulls coach turned Bulls rugby executive will take charge as head coach of the Springbok team from the 9th of June 2012. Meyer has said that he relished the opportunity to make all South Africans proud of the Springboks. Meyer was head coach of the Vodacom Bulls when they became the first South African team to lift the coveted Vodacom Super 14 trophy in 2007. Before that, he steered the Vodacom Blue Bulls to Absa Currie Cup titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 (shared). He also served as assistant Springbok coach to both Nick Mallett and Harry Viljoen.
According to News24 Meyer had this to say about his appointment “Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I’ve experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are. I know the importance of rugby in the South African psyche and will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby. I’m very happy to accept this enormous honour and massive responsibility.”
In my opinion, this is a good thing for South African rugby – and I’m not saying that because I’m a Bulls supporter. Heyneke Meyer is a good coach, period. I would not be surprised if he leads the Springboks to their 3rd IRB Rugby World Cup Final in 2015 (in case the world doesn’t end on the 21st of December 2012).
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