Meyer keen to raid Bulls?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Springboks on 9 Mar 2012 at 09:01
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According to a recent report on SuperSport’s website, new Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has put together a shopping list of desired assistant coaches, with many of those targeted somewhat unsurprisingly currently contracted to the Bulls.

This scenario, to a great or lesser extent, has of course always been on the cards, with many pundits a little concerned that the Boks under Meyer might end up being very blue team with only the thinnest veneer of green on top. Such is the depth of pride that Bok supporters have, though, that this sort of concern is likely to evaporate pretty quickly should Meyer and his team deliver a high winning percentage, regardless of the make-up of his support team.

Ricardo Loubscher, former Sharks player and the current Bulls Vodacom Cup backline coach is, amazingly, said to be in line for the post of Bok backline coach which is surprising given his lack of coaching experience at senior level, but then again not completely bonkers considering the success he’s enjoyed with the Bulls at junior level. Other Bulls men said to be on the shopping list include conditioning coach Basil Carzils and forwards specialist Johan van Graan; whether Meyer will get all three on board to complete his “all blue” management team is debatable, though.

The Pretoria union was hardly full of smiles as it is when their Director of Rugby walked out of a long-term deal to coach the Boks, but were seemingly convinced to “take it on the chin” in the national interest. Allowing a large proportion of their coaching team to leave for similar reasons would probably be a bridge too far, which is why it has apparently once again fallen to SARU CEO Jurie Roux to go to Pretoria, cap in hand, to try and convince them.

One thing is for sure, though. With plans said to include Bulls men in both key assistant coaching positions, as well as a likely Bulls captain (in Fourie du Preez), Heyneke Meyer isn’t currently showing too many signs of looking beyond Tshwane when it comes to his Bok plans. Let’s hope he manages to start strongly and keep winning, because it may quickly become a very good way to alienate the rest of the country if he doesn’t.


  • Rob, Ninja edit plz boar 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.12 09:17:28 by Uli Reply
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  • I just have one question for the Bulls Management. How do you tell a person that No you may not be a bok assistant coach?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.12 09:22:26 by Viking Reply
  • Noooit, cmon Meyer dont be a tosser

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.12 09:23:07 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 3) : you don’t… their contract does 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.12 09:29:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ai, I see a lot of Blue Mondays in the near future.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.12 09:34:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : And then you end up with an unhappy employee that questions whether or not he is working for the correct people. Its stupid really. If you get a better position in the workplace you resign and move on. simple really. These opportunities do not come along evry day.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.12 09:42:59 by Viking Reply
  • Aw well. Nothing you can do. I get why coaches pick the players they know and the management they trust. If it works, then I’m fine with it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.12 09:45:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • Ok I’m a lot less patriotic than you guys 😳 I reeeeealy cannot see myself supporting the bulls no matter how disguised 👿 I guess during the tsts I will switch to round ball or support my poor Azzuri

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.12 10:04:17 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Having just read Meyer’s interview with Sports Illustrated and reading between the I am almost certain that Hougaard will be at wing for that side and Fourie du Preez is virtually guaranteed that no.9 jersey. I’m also sure Frans Steyn will be there. FdP has some unfinished business,the IRB owe him an IRB player of the year award,that’s the only thing he needs on his CV and he’ll probably be the greatest scrumhalf to ever grace the rugby field or 1 of the 2 greatest including that Welsh guy who played when my mom and dad were still in primary school,Gareth Edwards or something like that

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.12 11:26:48 by Ludz Reply

  • In an interview I had heard earlier from Meyer on radio, he said he is conscious of the fact that he had coached the Bulls before and that there is a perception that he’ll only pick Bulls players. But he thought the Bulls will actually be negatively effected with him as Bok coach because if he had to choose between a Bulls player and another EQUALLY good player, he would pick the other guy just so that there isn’t a perception of him being a Bull and only picking Bulls players.
    I guess this doesn’t pertain to assistants?

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.12 12:21:19 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 10) : Thats a relief! I really don’t mind a Bulls player being selected if he IS the best for that position. For instance if Meisiekind getting a free trip again I would be upset, we have seen it over he last 8 years he is brilliant in the light blue but not in the green and gold, however, If he chose Hougaard for instance I would have absolutely no qualms in supporting him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.12 13:07:41 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • To be fair to Mr Meyer, I don’t think we are painting the full picture here?

    Apparently he had already approached Alistair Coetzee and Paul Treu but they both declined. So it would appear he’s trying hard not to wear his “Blue Bulls blinkers”

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.12 13:12:57 by CS Reply

  • @Tannie,would it be so bad if he was tried at 13,I mean I’m a Bulls fan and I know he hasn’t been at his best in green and gold at 12,but then again reading Meyer’s article,we could also see Jaque Fourie back as well

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.12 14:15:36 by Ludz Reply

  • Is Rassie Erasmus still in the Bok picture? That seemed almost a certainty earlier in the year?

    (Just getting this in before KSA – yes I know the extra place for the Kings also seemed to be a certainty at one stage :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.12 14:48:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : Tannie??? LMFAO!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.12 15:55:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 9) : am I being paranoid or was the statement in the interview of him picking his goalkicker 1st, the part that made me the most negative? Morne a sure start?

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.12 16:04:51 by catfish Reply
  • @catfish (Comment 16) : Morne is a sure start… and who is realistically challenging him now?

    In order for Pat (or anyone else) to prove to Heyneke that he can replace Morne, he first needs to equal Morne’s goal-kicking percentage and then bring all the fancy stuff.

    I’m afraid our boy is falling s little short

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.12 17:26:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • It was catfish

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.12 18:19:45 by Ludz Reply

  • @tannie ice,being a little respectful,most of the bloggers here are old enough to be my parents

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.12 18:27:26 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 19) : true! But we don’t like to be reminded of that fact! LOL

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.12 19:10:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : with you on that Rob. Lamb’s do seem to have lot more confidence in his kicking though and is not shying away from long distance anymore. Now to just get the consistancy and put up a real challenge to Morne!

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.12 21:58:31 by catfish Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Agreed, Lambie is under huge pressure right now.

    With Viljoen in the mix he won`t even make the bok team at fullback at the moment.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.12 10:25:36 by Original Pierre Reply
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