Heyneke calls it quits!

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 10 Feb 2008 at 13:44

News24 reports that former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has severed all ties with rugby, and his only contact with the game in future will be to watch his three young sons play at primary schools level.

Meyer has accepted a senior position with sport supplement company USN in which he has also acquired a shareholding, Rapport reported on Sunday

The former Bulls coach, who was the favourite to be appointed Springbok coach, was last month pipped in the boardroom when the presidents’ council gave Peter de Villiers the mandate to coach the Springboks.

The report quotes Meyer as saying “To coach the Springboks was my last remaining dream in rugby. What happened there was disappointing.”

However, he said the way in which he was ousted – with the president of the SA Rugby Board Oregan Hoskins admitting that the appointment of De Villiers’ was not based on rugby reasons alone – was not why he had decided to cut all rugby ties.

Meyer coached the Blue Bulls to three Currie Cup championships and once to a share of the spoils, as well as to Vodacom Cup success. Last year he became the first South African coach to win the Super 14 with the Bulls.

Although he has been in great demand as coach at overseas clubs and even national sides, Meyer said at heart he remains a South African and “I can’t coach the Boks, I don’t want to coach.”

He said he would not miss the politics of rugby, and also expressed his concern about the number of top players leaving for overseas clubs.

“More must be done to keep them from leaving,” said Meyer.

Meyer wished the Springboks and Peter de Villiers everything of the best.


  • Well its about time

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.08 14:55:34 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • I wonder what happened with the Toulon Rumours.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.08 15:50:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I will not be surprised to see HM called in to do a rescue job on the Bulls before the end of the season.

    Ludeke just won’t have waht it takes IMO. This coming weekend will show that.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.08 15:52:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • You backing the stormers to do it?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.08 15:54:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Really sad to see him going but hey luckily he dont fall in the sorry Stofile trap of having anything to do with the lot. I would have rather cleaning streets then listen to Hoskins or Stofile for whats its worth!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.08 15:55:48 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Rob


    It could kick start a great season for the Stormers if they do.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.08 15:58:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • PB, I think you’re right. Getting out of SA rugby with your dignity intact is not an easy thing to do. Meyer has done the right thing. He was being used as a pawn

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.08 16:01:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ksa, I’ll be wearing dark blue, not light! Opening weekend will see upsets galore

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.08 16:02:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • PB, it’s really nice to have you here, by the way. I’m sure we’ll be great mates in no time at all

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.02.08 16:04:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • No probs Dylan, I’ll try my utmost to behave like a good kid! I am living in a rugby mad place and have learn all the tricks and trades of winning and losing, as long as we share a cold one after the game, no probs broer!

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.02.08 16:13:47 by PaarlBok Reply

  • As long as we all play nicely, we can share the same sandbox! You rate the Stormers’s chances?

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.02.08 16:22:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • ALthough I don’t like the Bulls, SA Rugby has lost out with Meyer calling it quits. AT this stage, I think a draw between Bulls and Stormers would be a good result for both sides. I’m only rooting for Stormers sinply because I dislike the Bulls more.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.08 16:22:54 by hellbent Reply

  • And now with them losing Bakkies after 6 rounds of the S14 they are in even deeper trouble.

    Seems there was a little truth in the Toulon rumour about Bakkies.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.02.08 16:28:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Really, KSA? I haven’t really been following that story, with one thing or the other. Is the move confirmed now?

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.02.08 18:51:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stormers better then 10 & a midtable finish will be great. Dont win a S14 without experiense!

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.02.08 19:05:46 by PaarlBok Reply

  • also true… That’s why I’m hoping the Sharks go all the way this time… so many of that team went most of the way last year. A good unmber of them have a World Cup medal too.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.02.08 19:26:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob it seems like it.

    From the Sunday Times today

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.02.08 19:48:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • must do a writeup of that one before tomorrow

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.02.08 19:52:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stormers have probably lost JDV and Dollie for a while. Looking very thin in that midfield area.

    The Bulls can afford to revert to a 10 man game, while the Stormers cant.

    I predict a Bulls win, but with Rassie there, and especially if they play Bobo at 12, they could cause an upset.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.02.08 08:44:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Goodness…how wrong could this have been….Heyneke reicarnated!!! 😯 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.12 12:40:40 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 20) :

    damit Tannie ice … i was busy celebrating … and then i saw the date … now i have an half open bottle Campaign …

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.12 13:04:11 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 21) : LOL, was just getting excited as wel…thought the fans got to him the same way we got to old Bryce

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.12 13:12:24 by HeinF Reply

  • guys – seriously?

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.12 13:18:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Someone seems to have got excited for nothing… lol


  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.12 13:27:28 by wpw Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 21) : @HeinF (Comment 22) : I thought it might happen… 😈 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.12 14:33:51 by Ice Reply
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  • Ice jou bliksem! 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.12 14:43:58 by klempie Reply

  • 👿 Sharks fans wishing Heyneke quits?

    Blaady Agents!

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.12 15:17:57 by Megatron Reply


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