Heyneke Meyer is returning to South African sport as head of sports management company Sports Max.
“This is a great opportunity for me to put something back in South African sport, and rugby in particular,” said Meyer.
“Sport Max will follow a new and unique approach to identify promising sports people, develop and lead them to the top. We want a holistic approach to ensure our young people are well-coached and developed, so that they can compete at the highest level.”
JJ Harmse writes in Rapport that This includes brain profiles of sports people, the use of experts in key areas and a scientific approach to conditioning and diet.
Sports Max also wants to ensure players have the necessary life skills and leadership to make the right choices.
Meyer quit his job as head coach at Leicester Tigers last month due to personal problems. His in-laws are still ill, but Meyer is determined to succeed in his new career.
When he started as coach of the Blue Bulls they had a winning ratio of less than 50% and boasted only one Springbok. When he left the Bulls there were nine players in the World Cup squad and the Blue Bulls also dominated local rugby at junior and senior levels.
“I also see this as an opportunity to get involved at national level, but for now I would prefer not to coach teams,” said Meyer. “The idea is to get involved country-wide, identify the talent and then nurture it through to the highest level.”
Meyer has not spoken to SA Rugby about his plans, but supports their development programmes.
“There is still too much talent that is lost. Rugby cannot afford it,” he said.
He is also keen to help coaches. “We don’t have the structures here. I don’t think we should necessarily follow the New Zealand model, but do our own training according to our needs.”
Meyer has already succeeded in bringing a host of talented coaches through the structures at the Blue Bulls. These include Nico Serfontein, Ricardo Loubscher, John Williams, Paul Treu, Denzil Frans and Ashley Evert.
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