Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer called it a day after losing seven from the opening nine matches of the season. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

CAPE TOWN – French Top 14 side Stade Francais on Tuesday announced that their head coach, former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has resigned from his position.

Meyer, who coached the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, called it a day after losing seven from the opening nine matches of the season.

However, local media reports that he had been sacked after less than two years with Stade.

In a statement on Tuesday, Meyer said: "It has been an honour to coach the club. I have had a great life experience coaching Stade Francais and I have loved my time in Paris."

"It has always been my intention to do what is best for this great club," he added.”

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French newspaper Midi Olympique said that former Stade players Julien Arias and Laurent Sempere will take over on a temporary basis. 

Stade Francais on Friday will play a European Challenge Cup match against Brive.

Heyneke Meyer's assistants Pieter de Villiers, Dewald Senekal, defence coach John McFarland and Ricardo Loubscher are also expected to leave the club soon.

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