Meyer would 'love' to remain Boks coach

Heyneke Meyer says he would love to stay on as Springbok coach.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has revealed to EWN Sport that he would love to stay on as Springbok coach once his contract comes to an end.

In an interview with Sports Talk, Meyer said it would be an honour if he was asked to stay on.

"I just take it game by game, and just try to win the next game. What happens in the future will happen, but obviously it will be a huge honour if I could lead my country. The main thing for me is that I am here to serve, and if people think I am the right guy then I will definitely consider that."

Meyer says although he wants to stay on as coach, the decision isn't his to make.

"It would be an unbelievable honour, but like I said, I am here to serve. There are great coaches out there, and SA Rugby knows the best. At this stage of my life, I really want to give back. Every single day with the Boks for me is a great day, and I'm blessed for that. I just take it day by day."


Meyer also told EWN Sport that he's concerned about Bok captain Victor Matfield's workload.

Matfield made a return to rugby this year at the age of 37, more than two years after he initially hung up his boots in 2011.

Following injuries to Springbok locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit, Meyer recalled Matfield to the Bok squad.

Matfield captained the Boks in the absence of Jean de Villiers during the June Incoming Series, taking them to a 2-0 series win over Wales and a win over a World XV in a one off exhibition match.

If the Boks beat Scotland in Port Elizabeth this weekend, Matfield will make it four wins from four on his return to the Green and Gold as captain.

With plenty of rugby still to play, Meyer believes that Matfield, the most capped Springbok of all time with 112 caps, will need a break at some point.

"He's played way more than he should have, so I am worried. If we want to keep him until the World Cup and keep him fresh, Victor will have to have a break as well."

With Matfield likely to play an integral part of the Springbok team at next year's World Cup, Meyer says the Bulls will need to give him the break he will need.

"I've got a lot of confidence in Frans Ludeke. The Bulls will manage him well. After Super Rugby, if he's good enough he will probably only play Test matches. But I am worried, his workload is way too heavy, and guys like that don't recover as quickly as younger players."

Meyer says South Africa needs to better manage their players.

"The one thing in South Africa that we have to do better is manage all our players better, because that is where I believe the All Blacks are way ahead of us. If you manage the players better they are fitter, because they can do more gym work and more fitness. A lot of our players play week in and week out, so it's difficult to get them to the fitness levels that we need."