Successful former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer is “willing” to help the Southern Kings franchise, but there is nothing formal on the table yet.
Meyer, in an exclusive interview with rugby365.com’s Jan De Koning, revealed that he has had some “discussions with SA Rugby bosses” about his involvement in the Eastern Cape region.
However, the 2007 Super 14-winning coach of the Bulls made it clear that he has not committed to the team in any form.
“I have said that, where I can help, I will help,” Meyer told rugby365, adding: “I would love to give something back [to rugby], but I have just started a new company that is involved in player management and coaching academies.
“Through this company we are busy training coaches and looking at players.
“We help the players in all aspects, not just rugby – aspects such as life skills, conditioning, dietary requirements, leadership skills .. all those aspects.
“I am going to be involved in rugby at various levels and where I can assist, I will assist. Not just in the Eastern Cape, in other regions as well.
“However, there is nothing formal or official on the table as far as the Eastern Cape is concerned.”
Meyer has also been linked to a coaching and/or advisory role for the launch of the Southern Kings franchise, when the coastal outfit plays the British and Irish Lions n Port Elizabeth on June 16.
He confirmed that there has been “a conversation”, but again nothing formal has been decided.
“Yes, I have had an informal discussion with SA Rugby and I am considering getting involved, but at this stage there is nothing formal on the table.
“There has been other levels and teams where I have helped coaches.
“As I said, I want to stay involved in rugby, but it is just a matter of how, when and where I will help out.”
Meyer, who returned to South Africa this year after a brief stint with Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership and European competitions, is one of two high-profile coaches that have been linked to the Southern Kings franchise.
The other is former Bok assistant and Stormers coach Alan Solomons.
He is being touted for a Director of Rugby role in the Eastern Cape.
Like Meyer, nothing has been formalised, with Solomons currently in Ireland on International Rugby Board duties. He is a consultant for the IRB’s High Performance initiative.Tweet