Champion coach Heyneke Meyer’s considerable rugby intellect could be utilised soon to bolster the Western Province structures.
Rassie Erasmus, senior professional coach at WP, said on Thursday he might consult Meyer when he started concentrating on the bigger picture in the union at the end of the Super 14 season.
My work as senior professional coach is to concentrate on what happens on the field but after the next six to eight weeks I will be able to concentrate on the Currie Cup and lower levels.
“I have had talks with Heyneke Meyer,” Erasmus said. “We are friends and we chatted briefly. The channels are open.”
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Meyer, who made the Blue Bulls a force in SA rugby again and took the Bulls to the Super 14 title last season, told Die Burger he often spoke to Erasmus and that he was available at all times to provide advice.
“Rassie and I have very similar views about rugby. We often chatted when I helped with the Springbok team in which Rassie was a player. I have great respect for him as a coach.
“We have discussed rugby structures; there are many other people who also speak to me. Rassie is surely on the right road. His structures at top level are good.
“I have always said Western Province have the best players in South Africa. They have an outstanding base
“One must look at fine detail at the next level. I’d gladly help anywhere I can. I won’t be so small-minded to say I was involved at the Bulls and that’s why I cannot help.”
Meyer, who made the Bulls a force at every level after some lean years, feels Western Province are on the brink of big things.
“Province can be a force again. It seems Rassie has made the players mentally strong. It’s showing. Previously they lost matches in the last minutes; now they win them.”
Meyer feels SA coaches should assist each other as much as possible.
“I learnt a lot from rugby league in Australia. They have an annual coaches’ conference where they thrash things out,” Meyer said.
“In South Africa, coaches don’t share information.
“The rugby league guys say their sport is too small and will die if they don’t work together.”
“In South Africa we never hold courses. I picked up much of my knowledge in England, New Zealand and Australia.”
Meyer said he enjoyed putting his knowledge back into the game. He now has a career in commerce but likes to dish out advice about rugby.
“To me, the nicest thing is to be involved in training and the putting back of knowledge into the game.
“It makes me feel humble when a person such as Rassie asks for advice.”Tweet