Heyneke Meyer is being lined up as the coach for the new South African rugby franchise, the Southern Kings.
The franchise is being established to participate in an expanded Super rugby competition from 2011 onwards. Meyer is apparently seen as the right coach.
Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has been linked to the job in recent weeks. However, Meyer’s better coaching record carries more weight.
The Kings play their first game on June 16 against the British and Irish Lions.
Sport24 reported this week that former Springbok selector Francois Davids will be the convenor of selectors for the side, and not Eastern Province president Cheeky Watson.
Watson told Sport24 in Port Elizabeth on Thursday that he proposes Davids should be the selection convenor for the Kings side against the British and Irish Lions.
The Kings will play the tourists in the new Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.
“I don’t want people to say Cheeky Watson is picking this guy or that guy,” said Watson.
“That removes the attention from me and places it where it should be — on the game.”
“We hope it will be a strong side that is selected. That is why I asked that Davids should work with Peter de Villiers (Springbok coach).
“If there are players Peter would like to see in action (with an eye towards the Lions series), they can be picked.”
Watson would like to see players with their roots in the Eastern Cape in the side.
“We have to be realistic. Not many of the current players (at SWD, EP and Border) will be picked,” he said.Tweet