It would have to be said that the recent disappointment the Springboks suffered at the hands of the New Zealand squad in the semifinals of the World Cup Rugby matches might have played a role in the recent decision of Heyneke Meyer to resign on 31 December.
The criticism directed his way when the team finished in third place would also be considered as contributing to the decision. Whether this was a case of resigning rather than facing the prospect of being dumped over an apparent lack of support for him by some of the provincial unions is anyone’s guess. It would appear that the loss in the opening round to Japan and the loss in the semi-finals to the Wallabies combined with a nothing-other-than-first mentality sealed Meyer’s fate.
One possible replacement under consideration is Allister Coetzee, former coach of the Stormers.
Meyer was diplomatic in his remarks and did not throw stones in the direction of the SARU. Instead, he mentioned the need to get away from the pressures of coaching at the highest levels.
Meyer coached the Springboks for 50 matches for 32 victories and two draws, producing a 66.7 per cent win record in Tests, including 143 Test tries, a number surpassed only by New Zealand.