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Meyer 'honoured' to be named new Springboks coach

The 44-year-old ex-Leicester Tigers boss has spoken of his pride at being awarded the prestigious position.

Meyer takes over from Pieter de Villiers.
Meyer takes over from Pieter de Villiers.

HEYNEKE MEYER HAS spoken of his pride at being named the new Springboks head coach by the South Africa Rugby Union.

Meyer, who is a former Leicester Tigers coach, takes over from Pieter de Villiers, who agreed to step down following his side’s World Cup quarter-final exit against Australia.

Speaking in the aftermath of his appointment, Meyer told reporters:

“I know the importance of rugby in the South African psyche and will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby.

“I’m very happy to accept this enormous honour and massive responsibility.”

He was previously turned down for the role, while the 44-year-old thanked the Blue Bulls Rugby Union “for their unwavering support over the past decade”.

Meyers won four Currie Cups and one Super Rugby crown during his time with the Blue Bulls.

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