The Bulls have briefed the media that there will be a media conference today where some strategic changes to its structures will be announced, one of which will be the expected announcement of Heyneke Meyer returning to the Bulls as Director of Rugby.
The media brief went out yesterday but rumours have been doing the rounds that Meyer who has been involved with rugby on-and-off in the recent past since he missed out on Bok coach appointment, will return to Loftus to take up the position of Director of Rugby.
A lot of the Bulls success in the last decade has been attributed to Meyer’s meticulous planning in the union which saw him become the first South African coach to steer the Bulls to a Super 14 crown in 2007.
Meyer and Ludeke, the current Bulls head coach is also said to be cut from the same cloth in their approach and philosophy to rugby where the latter will remain as head coach of the Bulls taking charge on the day-to-day management and coaching of players.
The appointment will fall in line with the move by the Stormers who also appointed Rassie Erasmus exclusively as Director of Rugby in the franchise which will give them more time to focus on the structures and continuity of the franchise and union with Allister Coetzee taking up the head coaching position.
With stalwarts like Victor, Bakkies, Fourie and some other players nearing the end of their careers the focus of Meyer will be to ensure the correct structures are in place for youngsters to succeed the older players who played such a vital role in the success of the union.
Heyneke Meyer has been confirmed as Director of Rugby at the Bulls. Frans Ludeke will continue as head coach for the union and Super franchise and will be in charge of the day to day running and management of the team.
Official press release:
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd has secured the services of Heyneke Meyer by appointing him as the Executive: Rugby Coaching at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday afternoon.
As the Executive: Rugby Coaching, Meyer will be responsible to manage the following in the following departments:
· High Performance: Manage and co-ordinate all coaching structures and services required to support the development of the game covering all the Vodacom Blue Bulls’ professional and amateur teams including the clusters and clubs. He will also manage and co-ordinate other relevant aspects such as development, sports science/medicine, and related support services.
· Game development: To support cluster and club coaches.
· Training & Education: To present various specialised courses and clinics for coaches and referees.
Meyer, who has led the Blue Bulls to four Currie Cup titles as well as Super 14 glory, is also responsible to enhance and maintain the existing structures which he initiated in 2000.
In addition to this, the High Performance Manager, Ian Schwartz, may also approach him from time to time to assist with talent Identification and recruitment as well as putting into place succession plans for all players and coaches in consultation with the head coach Frans Ludeke.
Meyer (Executive: Rugby Coaching), Ludeke (Head coach Super 14 & Currie Cup) and Schwartz (High Performance Manager) will all report to the CEO, Barend van Graan.
It is interesting to note that Meyer, Schwartz and Ludeke were working together at the SWD Eagles in 1999 when they reached the semi-finals of the Currie Cup and it is a great prospect that they have reunited in order to keep the Bulls at the pinnacle of world sport. They compliment and trust each other and their main goal will be to ensure that the Bulls will be able to repeat in the future what they have done in 2009.
Owing to his vast experience as a top professional coach the highly creative and ingenious Meyer will serve as a soundboard for all Blue Bulls coaches by providing advice and support and he will be responsible to equip all Blue Bulls coaches with new (up to date) information and trends in the game. With this in mind the coaches of the Vodacom Cup, Under 21 and Under 19 teams will report to Meyer.
As the Executive: Rugby Coaching Meyer is a member the Blue Bulls Company Strategic Committee and all other applicable Blue Bulls Company and BBRU structures and forums i.e. Rugby Coordinating Committee.