Leicester coach Heyneke Meyer is to make a temporary return to South Africa on compassionate grounds, the English Premiership side announced Tuesday.
A family illness is behind the former Blue Bulls boss Meyer’s unscheduled return home. In his absence, former Tigers and England front-row Richard Cockerill will liaise with Meyer and the coaching staff.
Meyer has overseen 11 wins and a draw in the first four months of the season after taking over at Welford Road from former Argentina coach Marcelo Loffreda.
“Heyneke has made a big impression on everyone at the club since his arrival but we understand the situation he is in and we offer all of the support we can to him and his family,” said Leicester chief executive Peter Wheeler.
Leicester, fifth in the Premiership, are at home to Bath on Sunday.Tweet