‘Heyneke Meyer’s decision to quit is unfortunate’

Former Springbok captain Corne Krige has reacted to the news that Meyer will step aside

FILE: Heyneke Meyer. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Springbok captain Corne Krige says it's unfortunate that Heyneke Meyer has decided to quit as head coach.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) confirmed today that Meyer has opted not to stand as a candidate for the position once his contract expires at the end of this month.

Meyer has been in charge of the national team since 2012, taking over from Peter de Villiers, he led the team to third place in this year's Rugby World Cup.

Krige says Meyer gave everything he had.

"I feel very sorry for him, Heyneke is an unbelievable person and a great guy. He lived his passion and did as much as he possibly could with the Springbok team and he really gave it his all. The results didn't always go his way but nobody can criticise him for not trying his best."

Meyer's job was under the spotlight throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Following South African's defeat 34-32 by Japan in the opening match of the World Cup, renewed calls were made to have him fired.