Meyer: Boks and All Blacks have a great relationship

The coach shared stories of interactions between himself and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

FILE: Springboks head coach Heyneke Meyer and lock Victor Matfield. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Ahead of the biggest match in recent memory, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has spoken of his respect and friendship with opposite number, Steve Hansen, revealing that they have a standing ritual after each game.

Today Meyer named his team, which saw just one change in the match-23. Victor Matfield will be on the bench as Pieter-Steph du Toit drops out.

At a packed news conference at the team's hotel in Guildford, the Boks coach explained that after they play one another, it's the winner who buys.

"We started a tradition way back when, the first time I lost, I was very down and he came over and brought me a beer and said, ' I know how you feel, I had a lot of pressure on you, so come and have a beer with me'. I really respect that."

Meyer says after their win in 2014 he finally got to repay the favour.

"What's also great is that their players came over. A guy like Richie Mccaw came over to congratulate Jean when he retired. I think that's great about the two countries. I think that's great for the game. Hopefully we can take it further; but like I said I would like to give him a beer on Saturday."

Meyer says the relationship between the teams is excellent.

"The winning team always brings a case of beer. So when we beat them in Ellis Park and it was only the once, I said to him the first time we beat you I will bring you a case of beer. What I really respect about Steven is that he took it like a man and said to me, 'I have been waiting for my beer'. We are proud countries.

"He got to know my family and I got to know his and I don't usually meet with coaches before matches."

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