Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has been busy not just in his role as Managing Director for Carinat Sprot Marketing but have also been busy with establishing a new world schools tournament in South Africa and leading New Zealand first XV teams are firmly on his wish list.
Meyer is no stranger to New Zealand rugby community after couching the Bulls to Super Rugby title in 2007 and coaching the Springboks between 2012-2015. The Springboks went on to finish third in the 2015 World Cup but had devastating losses recorded under Meyer against Argentina before the World Cup and Japan in the group stages.
Meyer has teamed up with South African number school, Paarlk Boys High to setup a World Schools Festival according to Liam Napier who writes for the NZ Herald.
The tournament is set to kick off next year from the 2-8 April to fall with Paarls’ 150th anniversary. Meyer have already got the commitment of the top 10 South African school for the last couple of years to form part of the festival.
It also looks like Sydney’s The Scots College are also on board with Meyer now trying to get the leading teams from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Japan, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Georgia, England, Ireland and France to commit to the tournament as well.
Mount Albert Grammar, Christchurch Boys’ and Wellington College are among those New Zealand teams invited.
SuperSport has indicated interest in televising the event which will be to a huge audience around the world.
The goal of this tournament seems to create the world’s strongest international school competition.
“It’s always been my dream to have a top world schools tournament in South Africa,” Meyer told the Herald. “I’ve spoken to the top 10 schools in South Africa and they are all very keen because this has not been done. If I can get 10 schools from abroad it will be our best against the world’s best. For me it’s about building bridges, meeting guys and giving back.”
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