South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has stepped down as manager of the South Africa rugby team, after finishing third in the World Cup in England. The 48 year-old brought the Springboks agonisingly close to upsetting the All-Blacks in the semi-final, but came up two points short.
However, this ultimately failed to redeem their shock loss to Japan on the opening weekend, which had the public calling for his head. Despite the fact they they went on to top Pool B, beat Wales in the quarter-final and muscle past Argentina for third place, it was not a satisfactory tournament.
In the aftermath of the World Cup, Meyer stated that there was unfinished business; that he wanted to carry on “to make a difference”, according to Super Sport.
However, this announcement is certainly a turn-around. SARU’s General Council are to meet on December 11th, but the agenda will no longer be to discuss Meyer’s future. Rather, it will be to find a replacement.
At this time, there are no shortage of contenders, with names like Allister Coetzee, Johan Ackermann and Robbie Deans all being bandied about.
Also, don’t rule out a potential move for a certain Jake White, despite the fact that he is contracted to Montpellier. The RFU’s acquisition of Eddie Jones shows that these contracts are there to be broken if the money is right.
Interesting times ahead.