at the Union Buildings in Pretoria
At a meeting called by the South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Tuesday with the Blue Bulls Company’s Board of Directors, Saru informed the Board of their intention to offer Heyneke Meyer the position of Springbok coach.
The Blue Bulls Board reiterated its position that Meyer is under contract with the Blue Bulls Company and had appointed Meyer as Executive of Rugby, only after an undertaking and commitment by Meyer to lead Blue Bulls rugby over the next four years.
It is the Blue Bulls Board’s position that it would not be in our interest to release Meyer after many commitments have been made in order to enable Meyer to fulfill his mandate.
Should Meyer however decide to accept the position of Springbok coach, he needs to inform the Blue Bulls Board of his decision to abdicate his responsibilities and commitments to the Blue Bulls.
Although the Blue Bulls Board would be disappointed with such a decision by Meyer, the Board has faith in the coaching structures under the leadership of Frans Ludeke in taking the Bulls into the future. – Blue Bulls Company
Lionel (All Blacks) @ Mark, wrote
Wipe the buck cr*p from your eyes and have a look at the record books mate and will notice that the winning ratio between the AB's and Boks has actually increased post 1994 in favour of the AB's. When it comes to all international teams, no team comes near the winning ratio of the AB's in all internationals, which just proves they still remain the greatest rugby team in history, which I am personally proud of and so are the AB's. I have been all mouth as you so put it long before the last RWC, including on this forum. In any sporting world cup luck plays a huge role, just like the Boks passage to the 2007 RWC title. On any given day any lower rank side can beat a top side, it just happens to be the nature of the tournament. On the 20 year wait, the wait has made the victory even sweeter and in my book matches the Bok win 1995, but in a different way. You welcome to choose to support who ever you wish, just like I choose to support the AB's many years ago.
I think good solid forward orientated rugby is a beautiful thing to watch and is as much a demonstration of the art and flair of the game as an incisive running style. It would be sad if rule changes and some misplaced desire that all teams play like the All Blacks stifled the way the Springboks played
@Lionel... all mouth now that you could only win after 20 years. The All Blacks are not that great anyway. Far rather supportEngland or Ireland before the All Blacks
Lionel (All Blacks) @ Anonymous 3.32pm, wrote
You are starting to see the light. Been an AB supporter close to 4 decades now and nothing will change that.
Please resign again being so overconfident about your greatness, Meyer, so that you can be in exile for another couple of years. Wonder if the Meyer Bull Supporters were supporting the Ludeke Bulls and Springboks. Like I said if he was so great why was it so easy for Erasmus to make him look like a peanut... Time to buy an All Black jersey if this dude becomes Coach.
carlo, don't mistake one-dimensional and pragmatic. Meyer is the latter, not the former. The bulls scored plenty of tries under his coaching, amongst others because Meyer has the insight to appoint the right assistants. With him at the helm, I expect to see the Bok backs play to their potential.
An offer of the job of National coach is a tempting one for most. However, sport administration in SA is actually a total digrace ( Athletics, Cricket to name but 2) Meyer is a good coach and is in his comfort zone at the BB. Leaving them for unchartered waters ,into a political playing field that is by no means level, to my mind would be suicidal. My feeling is that he will stay where he is.
@ carlo you need to understand the dynamics of springbok rugby in that we have never been successful in playing a running game and our strength will always be a forwards game im a sharks supporter but i would have to say that a bulls style of rugby is the way for the boks to go so good luck to meyer
Did he achieve transformation at blue bulls, if yes then is the good man for job, we need a coach that will transform south African rugby to include other races.
Yawn! Bluebulls rugby (stampkar rugby) was something played quite a number of years ago. The jealous teams, who are not nearly as successful as the Bulls, keep this legacy alive. Please go and count the metres won and tries scored by this Blue team, and start a "true story" from here onwards.
I can understand the Bulls management concern. They invested a lot in Heyneke. To Carlo - beyond Heyneke and Rassie name 1 more coach in SA close to even Vodacom Cup level. Ludike, Snorre, Allaister, etc. only built on these 2 guys and on the work Jake White did.
Ja, Ludeke really did wonders for the Lions under his leadership. Bull must pray that Meyer stays.
@Carlo - fully agree with you that Meyer will be the one man for the job.. all his fan-boys go on and on about how many titles he won at the Bulls, but lets not forget Jake White has won a world cup and HE cant even find another job - same as Meyer... despite whatever he did in the past, Meyer could not find another job without the BB offering to employ him again - to me its a sign that others also dont think he is whats needed to take rugby forward. and since when has SARU ever demonstrated the wisdom to do the right thing.. they did the worng thing before, and now all of a sudden they are pure genuis to appoint Mayer??? dont think so!! they remain the same people making the same msitake by appointing the wrong coach.
Gr8 stuff, he will be brilliant, and call it stampkar rugby call it what you want the Springboks have always been know to be a very physical side, leave the flair, the hairstyles and bright boots to the Stormers,this is what we need to get back on top.
As a Bulls supporter, I'd love to see Meyer in the position which he should have gotten long ago. He's an excellent coach, and has led the Bulls to many victories. I'm confident he'd be able to do the same for the Boks. C'mon Bulls management, don't let a contract hold us back from our best hope of securing the next World Cup!
A delicate situation it seems - but the Bok coaching position should win.
although he is a good coach, i just think he lacks innovation the last thingwe want to see is the springboks playing bluebulls rugby (stampkar rugby) the springboks need some flair and play running rugby for a change, with meyer as coach im afraid that will not be the case as he is a very one dimensional coach...sorry but he is not the man for the job
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