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Harlequins Line Up Former South Africa Coach Heyneke Meyer To Replace Conor O’Shea

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Conor O'Shea, Director of Rugby for Harlequins looks on ahead of the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stoop on March 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Harlequins are in search of a new head coach at present, after it was confirmed that Conor O’Shea will be leaving the Premiership side to take over the Italy national team. The Irishman’s impending departure has led to much speculation, and some high profile names have been mooted.

During the week, it was rumoured that Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend was to take the job, but the Scotsman has since played down such links.

However, according to The Telegraph today, former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer is being lined up.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Heyneke Meyer looks on during a South African Springboks training session at Hale School on September 2, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Meyer stepped down from his role at the helm of the Springboks after the Rugby World Cup where they finished third.

Having lost the opening match of the tournament to Japan, they regrouped, and impressed in their march to the semi-final. There, they pushed the All Blacks closer than any other side in the competition, but came up just short.

However, this was not enough for the demanding South African rugby public, and he made way.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 03: Heyneke Meyer during the South African national rugby team Homecoming at OR Tambo International Airport on November 03, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Meyer’s reputation was not altogether damaged by the campaign, and will not find it difficult to get a new job.

Meyer has experience in England, having been in charge of Leicester for the 2008/2009 season, but he stepped down after taking compassionate leave halfway through the season, and the Tigers went on to reach the Heineken Cup final.

He has a wealth of experience, and would be a solid appointment for Harlequins.

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Author: The PA Team

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