Heyneke Meyer makes a comeback as Springbok coach
He's set to make a dramatic return as the Springbok head coach, which sees Allister Coetzee miss out.
CAPE TOWN - In a major shock, Eyewitness News can reveal that the South African Rugby Union (Saru) is set to confirm that it's to reappoint Heyneke Meyer as head coach of the Springboks.
Saru yesterday confirmed that while the candidate for the post was likely to be ratified at its General Council today, previously thought to be Allister Coetzee, that formal announcement is now likely only due to take place on 12 April.
Meyer is set to make a dramatic return as the Springbok head coach, which sees the favourite Coetzee miss out, like he did in 2012.
Meyer previously made himself unavailable to continue in the role after his 4-year-stint which culminated in the Springboks finishing third at the Rugby World Cup in England.
And that decision seemingly paved the way for Coetzee, who was an assistant to Jake White in the 2007 World Cup-winning side, to finally take over a job that he's coveted ever since first being involved with the team.
Coetzee's led the Stormers and Western Province before last season opting to coach abroad at the Kobe Steelers in Japan.
Continuity in the coaching structure is said to have brought about the sudden change of heart, that was confirmed by a high-ranking official in the sport's administration, with the bulk of the team that Meyer built set to continue to the World Cup in 2019.
PLAYERS RESPOND TO NEWS
Springbok hooker Schalk Brits says he's delighted to hear that Meyer is to be reappointed, and hopes to play a major role under him as the squad builds towards the 2019 World Cup.
Brits, who currently plays for English club Saracens, says, "This is fantastic news because at the end of the World Cup, after our disappointing result of not winning, Heyneke thought about making me captain. So for me it's fantastic news and maybe I'll take the captaincy and lead the team to glory."
Former Springbok captain Corne Krige says that it's the right call for Saru to have made.
"It's a controversial decision but he's a good person and I think he's the right man for the job. I'm happy to have him back."