Harlequins linked with Meyer

Date published: April 15 2016

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Former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has been linked with the director of rugby role at Harlequins.

The Telegraph report that Meyer has emerged as a target to succeed Conor O’Shea next season after Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Townsend ruled himself out.

Meyer coached the Springboks to last year’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals, before stepping down and being replaced this week by Allister Coetzee.

The 48-year-old previously coached for a short stint in the Premiership with Leicester Tigers back in 2008 after success with the Bulls in Super Rugby.

Townsend meanwhile unequiovcally ruled himself out of the running by saying that a report linking him with Harlequins was a “non-story”.

“This will the only thing I will be saying on this,” Townsend told reporters.

“There was a story in the press that is a complete non-story. I am contracted here next year and that is where I will be staying.

“People get linked to jobs all around the place but, as you know, I signed a contract for next year and I’m really looking forward to being here next year. I wasn’t approached by them, and will not be talking about this again. I am staying here.”

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