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Meyer receives South Africa approach

Updated: Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 17:42

Heyneke Meyer has been lined up by SARU to become the new Springboks coach
Heyneke Meyer has been lined up by SARU to become the new Springboks coach

Heyneke Meyer has been approached by the South African Rugby Union about becoming the new Springboks coach.

However, Meyer's current employers, the Blue Bulls, have reiterated that they have no plans to release their 44-year-old director of rugby from his four-year contract.

An SARU statement today read: "The South African Rugby Union confirmed on Wednesday that discussions had been held with Heyneke Meyer regarding his possible appointment as Springbok coach - as disclosed in a media release issued today by Blue Bulls Company Ltd. No appointment has yet been made.

"The executive council (Exco) of SARU will be provided with a report back on those discussions at their meeting in Cape Town on Thursday. The Exco is constitutionally responsible for the appointment of the Springbok coach. Their recommendation has to be ratified by a general meeting of SARU."

A special general meeting will take place in Cape Town on Friday at which the decision of the Exco will be tabled for ratification, with the outcome due to be announced at 1400 local time on Friday.

The Blue Bulls also issued a statement clarifying their position - that they want to keep Meyer, but will not stand in his way if he opts to succeed Peter de Villiers as Boks boss.

It read: "At a meeting called by SARU, on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, with the Blue Bulls company's board of directors, SARU informed the Blue Bulls Board of their intention to offer Heyneke Meyer the position of national coach.

"The Blue Bulls Board reiterated its position that Meyer is under contract with the Blue Bulls Company and had appointed Meyer as Executive 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 the Blue Bulls' interest to release Meyer after many resources and commitments have been made in order to enable Meyer to fulfil his mandate.

"Should Meyer however decide to accept the position of national 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."

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