Bronze Final could be Meyer's last match

Saru will make an announcement on Heyneke Meyer after its general council meets.

Springboks head coach Heyneke Meyer and lock Victor Matfield at a press conference in England during the Rugby World Cup. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Friday's Bronze Final at the Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Argentina could be Heyneke Meyer's final match in charge of the Springboks as there's been no confirmation if he's being considered for an extension.

Meyer's future is likely to be thrust into the spotlight over the course of the next few months following his team's exit from the semifinals against New Zealand on Saturday.

He was appointed in January 2012 and been in charge for 47 tests, having won 31, totalling a win percentage of 68 percent.

Meyer's contract expires at the end of the year, with conflicting reports over whether an extension has been granted.

This was his response when asked by EWN Sport on Saturday.

"I'm here to serve and everything that I worry about is to get my team right on track and to focus on the next game, so you must ask that to SA Rugby."

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) says that they will not make any announcements regarding the coaching position until a full meeting of their general council in December, the body which decides on the appointment.

But Meyer's already got the backing of two senior members of the current squad; Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez.

"It's very difficult for me to say anything on the coach. You guys know how I feel about Heyneke and my belief in him. I think we've got great players here, I think if you look at the squad is a very young squad, with four or five old players but it's very young squad."

Du Preez added that sometimes SA Rugby needs continuity and Meyer is the man for the job because changing coaches won't fix the problems at hand.

Matfield said that Meyer needs to build with the squad that he has already put together.

"You look at 10, 12, 13 locks that's here, so much talent. So I think a guy like Heyneke will love to keep working with these boys, that he picked as youngsters and hopefully who can win the next World Cup for us."

It's widely believed that he agreed, in principle earlier this year to an extension which was to be rubberstamped pending the outcome for the team's performance at the World Cup.

He added that he is very proud of the team's performance.

"I don't think anybody gave us a chance. We gave it everything but we weren't good enough."

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen also congratulated the Springboks saying, "It's a pity someone has to go out after a game like that.

Meyer said that he takes full responsibility after they were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup.

It was a titanic clash at Twickenham with the other semifinal being won by Australia which means the Boks will play Argentina in the Bronze Final.

Meyer said the buck stops with him.

"I've to take the loss on the chin. All credit to the All Blacks, I don't have any excuses I gave everything I've tried of, everything I've got but wasn't good enough. But again I'll never be satisfied with losing any games. I take it personally."

Meyer said that the youth in the side makes springboks rugby of the future an exciting prospect

"You look at the guys that played now in our team, 80 or 90 percent of them will still be in the next World Cup. It's not just about World Cups; I really believe that this team can go places. So many youngsters coming through in all positions and I think this can be one of the best teams going forward."

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