Former Blue Bulls & Leicester Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer has been appointed as the new Springbok Head Coach, succeeding the enigmatic Peter de Villiers on a four-year deal taking him to the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.
Meyer was the favourite for the position four years ago after the 2007 Rugby World Cup success, when de Villiers was the surprise appointment, but now his time has come. His record includes four Currie Cup titles with the Bulls, as well as becoming the first coach to lead a South African side to the Super Rugby title with the Bulls in 2007.
“Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I’ve experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are,” Meyer said. I will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby. I want to make the Springboks accessible to all people. I need every South African citizen to help me make this the best team in the world.”