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Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to walk away from the national coaching job.
Supersport.com has exclusively learnt the Bok coach will announce his intention not to have his coaching contract renewed later Thursday.
Meyer has informed the South African Rugby Union of his intention not to have his contract renewed when it runs out on 31 December this year.
Meyer did an about turn after announcing after the Springbok’s 3rd place finish at this year’s Rugby World Cup that he wanted to carry on – “to make a difference” as he put it.
But the public outcry, some of the vitriol directed at him and his family and the comments made by various rugby personalities about his coaching caused him to rethink.
Meyer spent some time away with his family over the past month where he discussed the position with them and according to supersport.com’s information, decided to put them first.
SARU’s General Council will still meet on December 11 but it will no longer be to review Meyer’s position as coach and the way forward. Instead they will need to get to work at finding a new Springbok coach to take the team forward.
More to follow.
Brendon Nel – Supersport