Meyer quits Bok post

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer resigned on Thursday, saying 'the time has come for change'.

Meyer communicated his desire to stand aside to Saru following a recent meeting with president Oregan Hoskins and CEO Jurie Roux.

Saru's general council will meet on 11 December to discuss the Bok head coach position. It is believed that Allister Coetzee will replace Meyer.

Meyer coached the Boks to 32 victories and two draws in 48 matches for a win record of 67%. However, he failed to win a Rugby Championship title during his four-year stint and only achieved one victory against the All Blacks in eight attempts. The Boks also suffered a shock loss to Japan at the recent World Cup, before going on to finish third.

'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,' said Meyer.

'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.

'I have greatly enjoyed my time as Springbok coach – although it has been highly pressured at times and especially tough on my family, and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support in the last four years.

'I have put my heart and soul into the job and did my very best. I believe that, overall, I leave the team with much to look forward to in 2016, with new structures in place to ensure the Springboks will remain competitive on the world stage.

'The number of young players that have been blooded over the past four seasons, who chose to remain in South Africa, leave the team in a great position to move on in the next few years. I would like to wish the next coach all the success in this wonderful position.

'The Springboks are a special team and carrying the hopes of a nation is a huge responsibility and great privilege. I realised that yet again with all the support I received from ordinary South Africans, both at the World Cup and upon our return to the country. Thank you to the countless faithful, positive and passionate supporters that have made my job as coach a joy.

'To everyone at Saru and for the hard work and commitment of my management and support team, I will be forever thankful. And finally to the players – you are ultimately the reason why I coach and you’ve enriched my life in the past four years.'

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