28 Jan 2012

Meyer confirmed as new Springboks coach

6:37 am on 28 January 2012

The former Leicester coach Heyneke Meyer, who built the Bulls team that provided the foundation of the Springbok squad for the last eight years, has been confirmed as the new Springboks rugby coach.

The 44-year-old Meyer, who steered the Bulls to four Currie Cup titles between 2002 and 2006 and their first Super rugby crown in 2007, was appointed on a four-year contract.

Meyer succeeds the controversial Peter de Villiers, who won a single Tri-Nations title and beat the British and Irish Lions in 2009 before guiding the Springboks to the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Meyer had initially been the favourite to succeed Jake White in 2008 when De Villiers was appointed, and he subsequently quit rugby before joining Leicester in June 2008.

The qualified sports psychologist has been named by lock Victor Matfield, the most-capped Springbok, as the best coach he has worked under.

Meyer, who said it was too early to name a captain in the wake of John Smit's retirement, begins his job against England, who travel to South Africa in June for three tests.