SARU confirms Heyneke Meyer as Bok coach

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 27 Jan 2012 at 13:22
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Heyneke Meyer was confirmed as the new Springbok coach at a SARU press conference earlier today.

SARU’s press release follows:

“Heyneke Meyer will be the new Springbok coach after a Special General Meeting of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) ratified his proposed appointment in Cape Town on Friday.
The 44-year-old Blue Bulls rugby executive takes over from Peter de Villiers, who coached the Springboks from 2008 to 2011. He will take charge as head coach of the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cup champions for the first time against England in Durban on June 9.

Meyer said he relished the opportunity to make all South Africans proud of the Springboks.

“Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I’ve experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are,” said Meyer. “I know the importance of rugby in the South African psyche and will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby.

“I’m very happy to accept this enormous honour and massive responsibility,” he said.

Meyer was head coach of the Vodacom Bulls when they became the first South African team to lift the coveted Vodacom Super 14 trophy in 2007. Before that, he steered the Vodacom Blue Bulls to Absa Currie Cup titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 (shared).

Meyer also has experience of coaching in the Springbok environment. He served as assistant coach to both Nick Mallett and Harry Viljoen at the Boks. He has also been a Springbok coaching candidate in the past.

“The first time I felt I still had things to achieve at the Bulls, and the second time it was decided to appoint someone else,” he said. “I’d like to thank my family and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union for their unwavering support over the past decade. I hope to keep the country’s rugby supporters united behind the Boks.”

Mr Oregan Hoskins, President of SARU, said Meyer received unanimous support from the General and the Executive Councils of SARU.

“The Springboks are SARU’s top priority,” he said. “Heyneke’s coaching pedigree is second to none in South Africa. He will be an asset to the Boks and South African rugby in general,” said Mr Hoskins.

“I’d also like thank our outgoing coach Peter de Villiers for his passion, hard work and dedication over the past four years. However, it was felt that we needed a man with a new approach and new ideas to take over one of the toughest jobs in South African sport.

“Heyneke has our full support and we know he won’t leave any stone unturned as he strives to take the Boks back to the top of international rugby.”

According to Jurie Roux, SARU CEO, Meyer’s appointment was the culmination of a thorough process during which the best candidates were evaluated as part of a head hunting process before the Exco unanimously opted to make a formal offer to Meyer.

“The Blue Bulls wished to retain his services but his contract contains an exit clause which has been exercised; very few people can resist the call when your country says it needs you,” said Roux.

“The Springboks are the heartbeat of rugby in South Africa and it was paramount to get the best possible candidate to coach the team going forward. We believe we have done that.”

Roux said decisions on Meyer’s support staff will only be taken later, in consultation with the new Springbok coach. “No appointments in this regard have been made,” he said.”

We’d like to wish Mr Meyer all the best and nothing but success for the next 4 years.


  • Glad he got four years in the end!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.12 13:28:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Apparently the 2 year contract was never on the cards.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.12 13:30:26 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Good luck Mr Meyer! (Think u gonna need it…that and loads of Patience..)

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.12 13:33:44 by Ice Reply
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  • Great… prepare for the Bulls to complete their takeover of Springbok rugby.

    Gert could’ve made us into something special

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.12 13:33:47 by hendrikp Reply

  • I didn’t see this coming

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.12 13:34:11 by Mutley Reply
  • awesome stuff.
    Also those who recon we have 10 man rugby on the cards… if so who cares? as long as we get the all the cups back to SA, that is all that matters.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.12 13:34:43 by Uli Reply
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  • Assistants to be priority over the next 2 weeks, going to be interesting how this plays out because Roux said ” if they are under contract with unions we will have to speak to their unions and if they aren’t then they really aren’t good enough”

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.12 13:41:08 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • I don’t care what type of rugby we play… If we win I’ve always been happy.

    What I do care about is when Bulls players get preference for Springbok spots.

    Forget about Frans at 12. That will go to Wynand Olivier now.

    And Andries Bekker (who you could argue has outplayed Matfield the past few years… with less opportunity at test level) & Francois Hougaard… you bide your time only to lose out to the coaches favorites. F’ing great…

    At this stage I’m finding it difficult to see how the Bullification of Springbok rugby can do us any good.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.12 13:41:21 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 8) : I think it would be wise to adopt a wait and see approach. I seriously doubt Bekker or Frans would be left out of the Bok plans.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.12 13:44:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • As we speak i wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls are in a meeting now concerning this.

    Even now The Bulls website has nothing concerning Meyer as bok coach.

    It’s a bitter pill to swallow for Van Graan and co.

    The sharks must be happy the bulls are not in a good situation coming into the new super rugby season.

    Expect drama and a weekly soap operah at loftus in the comind days.

    The shits about to hit the fan.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.12 13:48:03 by Muzi Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) :

    It’s not a case of being left out…

    It’s again playing second fiddle to Matfield & du Preez.

    I understand how good these two players were.

    Matfield is a hell of a player – I don’t rate him as highly as some others saying he’s near the greatest Bok ever, but there was a stage where he was irreplaceable.

    Fourie du Preez I think is one of our greatest ever. Best scrumhalf I’ve ever seen play. Couldn’t help but laugh when people criticized his box kicks – end of the day those box kicks were pretty much spot on & good tactic alongside JP & Habana chasing.

    My problem is these two had their time. It’s time to step aside and bring in a new ‘feel’. Matfield isn’t up to it anymore… and Fourie du Preez shouldn’t be picked while playing in Japan.

    Yet they’ll get preference no matter how well Hougaard & Bekker play, because Meyer will be loyal to his favorites. That just p155e5 me off.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.12 13:49:27 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 10) :

    Meh, Bulls will be fine. They have the right systems in place atm to be successful in the short term without Heyneke.

    It’s the management of team ‘culture’ over an extended period that I’d be worrying about most.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.12 13:51:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • Hendrikp is Super Pissed Off just like the Bulls. :mrgreen:
    In fact most Wp supporters are not happy because they wanted Gert Smal.
    Heyneke Meyer is a “Bull” deal with it. 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.12 13:53:30 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 12) : You clearly have no idea what Meyer means to the bulls.

    He is the coach not ludeke.

    It’s like Man United losing Alex Ferguson. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.12 13:55:28 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 13) :

    I’m not provincialistic bud.

    It’s that I’m the complete opposite… that’s why I’m “Super Pissed Off”.

    Last thing we need now is for the Bulls weaker players to continue getting an easy road into the Bok squad.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.12 13:56:15 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 14) :

    No… Ludeke is the coach.

    Meyer obviously made the big decisions… did recruiting and so forth, but I’m thinking that he was not directly involved in coaching the senior side? Or am I wrong?

    Anyway, like I said, I don’t think they’ll have a tough time staying up there as they’ve recruited really well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.12 13:59:15 by hendrikp Reply

  • Gongrats Heyneke. Now go make us the best rugby country in the world. We need to beat NZ on their home turf every year from here on. Only way Bok supporters are going to be happy. Really don’t want us losing to them every single year on their turf.

    We have the players so hoping he selects players that are the best in each position. Not only Bull players.

    What will happen to the extremely talented Pat Lambie? Are we going to see Morne Steyn for another 4 years? Will Spies be the number 8 and captain for the next 4 years? We do have better 8’s in this country. Not sure how good he is as a captain either. So will judge him on that after 6 or 7 games in the S15.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.12 14:02:33 by Puma Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 15) : With you on this Hendrik. A bit worried we will see Bull Players getting selected ahead of more talented players in the country. Really hope Heyneke can look past the Bulls now that he is Bok Coach.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.12 14:05:17 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 17) :

    If Matfield or du Preez don’t return, Spies will be captain. Pretty confident with this one.

    And yes, we can forget about getting someone else in at 10. Might as well put Morne on a 4 year contract as well.

    He’d probably be going for something like this…

    1 Gurthro Steenkamp
    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    3 Jannie du Plessis
    4 Flip van der Merwe/Bakkies Botha
    5 Victor Matfield (if not… it won’t be Andries Bekker, it will go to Juandre Kruger)
    6 Heinrich Brussow (but Stegmann will be thereabouts…)
    7 Schalk Burger/Juan Smith (but don’t be surprised if Schalk gets dropped very soon)
    8 Pierre Spies (c)?
    9 Fourie du Preez/Francois Hougaard
    10 Morne Steyn
    11 Bryan Habana/Bjorn Basson
    12 Wynand Olivier
    13 Johann Sadie
    14 Bjorn Basson – Reckon he’ll have the jump on JP unfortunately 😐
    15 Frans Steyn

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.12 14:09:44 by hendrikp Reply

  • Why is everyone ranting and raving about Pierre Spies as captain. 😕

    Pierre Spies WILL need to have superb season as Bulls captain if he wants to get selected for the boks.

    If he produces that rubbish like last year Meyer will NOT make him captain.

    In the press conference Meyer said everyone will have a chance to impress him in the Super 15 rugby season.

    People chill for goodness sake. 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.12 14:17:45 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 20) :

    Muzi, face the facts.

    Form will mean little when it comes to Springbok selection.

    He’ll pick ‘his boys’.

    I’m happy to be proven wrong. If Heyneke makes good selections, we will play well. But at this stage I can’t see him being fair national call-ups.

    It doesn’t bother you yet, being a Bulls supporter and all… but it will when we struggle on with better players playing CC rugby.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.12 14:23:55 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 20) : for what it is worth,I agree with you Muzi

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.12 14:26:44 by bergshark Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 18) : that’s what he said at the press conference.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.12 14:29:15 by bergshark Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 20) : 100% agreed

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.12 14:31:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : Really hope he does not go that route. Hope he has a open mind and not only selects Bulls Players. If we stuck with Morne Steyn for the next 4 years then hope he improves his game. It would be a smack in the face of youngsters like Lambie and Jantjies. Especially Lambie that has played at Bok Level. Morne is a good player but not a great player. Just hope he does not ignore Frans Steyn for WO. That would be a terrible mistake as well.

    @bergshark (Comment 23) : Just so busy right now so never seen the press conference. Anyhow we have to wait and see who he selects to be sure.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.12 14:36:12 by Puma Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 23) :

    What did he say?

    That he will be fair in selection? 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.12 14:37:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : Please dont ever use that name Bjorn on this site mate… that man must have overtaken Jorrie Kruger in the line of worts Springboks ever.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.12 14:38:08 by Uli Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 25) :

    Lambie hasn’t got the boot to play Heyneke Meyer rugby as a 10. You can forget about that happening.

    And he definitely won’t go with Jantjies… unless there was pressure.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.12 14:39:40 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 27) :

    Jorrie Muller you mean?

    Hey, it’s not me… I wouldn’t go near him or Mvovo tbh.

    But it’s a reality we’ll all have to face.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.01.12 14:40:38 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 29) : Heyneke Meyer is NOT Pieter De Villiers he WILL drop Pierre Spies without any problems.

    Ask Bryan Habana at the bulls he got axed by Meyer when he went off the boil.

    I admit Pierre has been hiding behind Big Vic and Du Preez for the past two years.

    This is a do or die season for Spies at 26 yeard old he has no choice BUT to perform at his peak.

    If he fails he is gone i doubt he will renew his bulls contract.
    It will be a failed experiement for Meyer.

    On a positive note Meyer knows Pierre better than anyone.
    Spies performs well when Meyer is coach.

    It’s all depends with Pierre the ball is on his court 😉 will he sink or swim ?

    He is underpressure already.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.01.12 14:49:28 by Muzi Reply

  • I’m afraid I m with Hendrikp 🙁 but I will be the 1st to apologise should HM prove me wrong. However should the Boks turn out to be a bulls team masquerading in Green and gold I will not follow a single Bok game 🙁 and here I am not talking about players that deserve selection like Hougaard, and then I mean Francois and not Derek!

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.01.12 14:50:19 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Congrats again to Heyneke. We should support him and his assistants until they are proven incompetent.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.01.12 14:53:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 31) : Hey Meyer will prove you wrong.

    The Bulls are a young team Meyer expects the Bulls to start clicking in 2013.

    Albers,Bissie,Lambie,Mvovo,Jp will fit into Meyer’s plans.

    Relax the Bulls are not the Bulls of 2009.
    It’s a new start for everyone.

    Whomever performs in the Super 15 will make the Bok Side. 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.01.12 14:54:49 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 30) :

    Won’t renew his Bulls contract? He doesn’t seem the type to head overseas, and tbh I don’t think his market value would be anywhere near as high elsewhere as it is at the Bulls.

    Spies only needs to not look like a complete fool to probably become Springbok captain.

    But if HM proves me wrong, I’ll be the first to say I was wrong.

    At this stage, he hasn’t given any indications that he’s not favoring his Bully-boys.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.01.12 14:56:51 by hendrikp Reply

  • What people are forgetting is that the Bulls are rebuilding a new team now.

    In my honest opinion the only bulls player who can chill abit is Francois Hougaard.

    Johann Sadie,J-J, and the rest of the Bulls players are not so invincible anymore.

    Big Vic and Du Preez are not the bulls and bok assistant coaches anymore.
    We are vulnerable at loftus.

    If the bulls do badly like last year then Meyer will not select bulls players just because he was a bulls coach.

    He wants to select the best team for the nation.

    All i can say is exciting times ahead for the boks.
    Our talented players are in good hands.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.01.12 15:00:12 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 34) : I think Meyer will prove you wrong he has done it before.

    People wrote him off at the bulls.

    Just have faith with Meyer and Spies for that matter. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.01.12 15:02:09 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 36) : Meyer yes, Spies . . BWAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.01.12 15:04:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 32) : yes.

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.01.12 15:05:38 by bergshark Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 36) :

    I hope so. Reading what he was saying on Keo which gives me a lot of hope, but talk is cheap.

    If he gets the selections right… I’ll be 100% behind him. Can’t wait for the England tour now.

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.01.12 15:12:46 by hendrikp Reply

  • I think HM will pick the best of the best, I seriously doubt its going to be a very blue Bok squad.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.01.12 15:19:35 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @JarsonX (Comment 32) : @bergshark (Comment 38) : Seconded

    @hendrikp (Comment 34) : You’re starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist – “At this stage, he hasn’t given any indications that he’s not favoring his Bully-boys.” He also hasn’t picked a Springbok squad yet! Your suspicisions will only be confirmed/denied later on in the year. 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.01.12 15:20:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 41) :

    Just going by what he’s said in the past… and Matfield & du Preez being quick to make themselves available for the Boks again.

    If Matfield & du Preez were to return, it would be for a starting spot… forget about competition or form. They would be handed the jobs for the foreseeable future.

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.01.12 15:24:34 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 33) : Muzi I really hope you r right because as I said to my son I don’t know whether to laugh or cry because noone can doubt his credentials as coach, but to see another 2-4 seasons of players that should have retired last year already, or substandard, penalty machines such as Stegman getting selected ahead of deserving players, makes me feel physically ill!

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.01.12 15:27:22 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 43) :

    We really need a ‘like’ button.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.01.12 15:30:04 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 42) : and it can be worse than Matfield and Du Preez. What about the return of Liefling :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.01.12 16:06:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 44) : fully agree! A like button would be great 🙂

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.01.12 17:11:24 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 45) : believe me if he hadn’t refused Liefling a place at the Bulls last year it would be a real worry 🙂

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.01.12 17:14:18 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 44) : on this issue we are definetelly of like mind!

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.01.12 17:15:55 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Sheesh, guys. How about being a bit POSITIVE about the future of Springbok rugby? Seriously. The ink’s not dry on the contract and already Liefling is back in the Bok side… There is no way on earth Meyer can ignore the HUGE talent revealed in this year’s RWC – ie: Hougaard, Steyn (at 12) and Lambie. He’s not autonomous. He has to report to the SARU board and execs AND government. And all of those okes want to see serious WINNING.
    Everyone knows that’s not going to happen with the same old, same old.

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.01.12 17:22:39 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • I’ll say it on record… H M will not choose a blue team, he might be conservative in the first year but he will do good. I believe he has SA rugby on his heart and will do anything to make the boks team the best…. I am very happy, should have happen 4 years ago….. watch this space…..

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.01.12 17:41:57 by Franshark Reply
  • Congratulations, Heyneke. I’m sure he will give his best.

    A bit early for all the tears – most here wanted PdV gone, and yet already we are crying about Meyer? 😯

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.01.12 17:53:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Part of Meyer’s text to the Bulls staff and players – the part that worries me ““It is goodbye, but not farewell,” it continued, “May God bless you richly. Proud to be associated with you. Once a Bull, always a Bull. Greetings Heyneke Meyer.”

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.01.12 18:23:30 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 49) : @Franshark (Comment 50) : @Big Fish (Comment 51) : Like, Like, Like

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.01.12 19:35:42 by vanmartin Reply
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