Heyneke Meyer has signed a contract to coach the Boks for another four years – earning R20 million plus performance bonusses.
Stephen Nell of Die Burger writes that the contract was probably sealed and signed before RWC 2015. Nell is recognised as a valuable and trustworthy rugby writer.
Saru’s constitution stipulates that the Executive Counsel appoints the Bok coach, but that the appointment must be validated at a General Meeting, which is to be held in December.
Several sources has stated that Meyer will be receiving performance bonuses for winning the Web Ellis, a winning percentage above 60% and a second place on the World Ranking List. Oregan Hoskins, president, has emphasised that the final decision rests with the General Meeting, where all unions have a vote.
Even if the General Council unvalidates the contract, the question remains: Why was it signed before RWC 2015?
Losing to Japan was an earth shattering moment in Springbok history (coupled to losses versus Ireland, Wales and Argentinia) and Meyer is also critisised for his lack of transformation: Selecting Jesse Kriel ahead of Lwazi Mvovo and the limited match time offered to Siya Kolisi and Rudy Paige.
Finality about the selection of overseas based Springboks will also have to be reached soon. There are fears that the
exodus of players to overseas clubs will gain more momentum of Saru does not act soon.
♦Steven Kitshoff, who had to see the non contributing Coenie Ooshuizen selected ahead of him, has recently stated that he is quite prepared to forfeit his Bok jersey if that is the price for playing abroad.