Cape Town: Heyneke Meyer will not seek a renewal of his contract to coach South Africa when his current deal expires on December 31, the South African Rugby Union confirmed yesterday.
Meyer had said he would like to stay after leading the team to third place at the Rugby World Cup in England, but has made an about-turn after receiving stinging criticism of the team’s style of play and his record on transformation of the side.
The 48-year-old appeared to be jumping ship rather than face the embarrassment of not having his contract renewed when SARU meet on December 11 after a number of provincial unions said they would not support his re-appointment.
Reports have claimed SARU officials have spoken to former Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, who has recently taken a position in Japan, about his availability.
The Boks were beaten 34-32 by Japan in their tournament opener before succumbing to eventual champions New Zealand in the semi-finals.
“I have always put the Springboks first in my time as coach and since returning from England I have realised that as much as I believe I still have a lot to offer, the time has come for change,” Meyer said in a press statement from SARU yesterday.
“My integrity has always been very important and I feel I can leave with my head held high. I’ve always maintained that my only motivation was to serve my country and to do what was best for the Springboks.