‘I want to be part of the solution’: Meyer

Date published: November 3 2015

Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer is determined to continue in his job and feels he can take the two-time world champions to the top of world rugby again.

Meyer spoke at a press conference after the Springboks arrived in Johannesburg from the Rugby World Cup in England. South Africa finished in third position after beating Argentina in the bronze medal play-off.

The Bok coach has been heavily criticised for his team's conservative game plan and the South African Rugby Union have confirmed that the positions of the Springbok coaching and management team for the 2016 season and beyond will be reviewed by their executive council in December.

Meyer said he will not be resigning from his position as he believes he can still make a contribution to Springbok rugby.

“I want to be part of the solution," he said.

"I love my country, I want to coach South Africa. I'm very proud of the boys, especially the youngsters for the way they came through.

“I’m excited about this team. I’m loyal to South Africa and I want to stay in South Africa. More and more of our people leave South Africa and they go and coach in other countries and they get quite good salaries for that as well.

“But I’ve said from day one that I want to keep my head high if I’m finished.

"I want to keep my integrity intact and I’m here to serve.

"I really want to make a difference in our country.”

Despite SARU's review, there's been speculation in the South African media that Meyer will stay in his role until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Meyer believes he is the right man to take the Boks in to the future.

“I’m there to serve," he added.

"I know what it takes to win, I know what it takes to be the best in the world, but you have to get the systems in place.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in SA Rugby as well. They know what they’re doing and they are on the right track. I really think things will be better next year, especially for the national side.

“I’ll write a full report, but for me it’s just about being involved and making a difference in people’s lives… and like I said (I want to) be part of the solution.”