SARU: There was never a new deal for Meyer

DECEMBER 5, 2015

South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins has denied that Heyneke Meyer was ever offered a contract extension as Springbok coach.

Meyer’s contract expires at the end of this year, but on Thursday he put to bed any rumours about his future when he stepped down from his position as Bok coach.

Media reports earlier this year indicated that Meyer’s contract would be extended until after 2019 Rugby World Cup. Then, after the Springboks’ semi-final exit at this year's Rugby World Cup, several pundits called for his sacking.

The Boks endured a torrid 2015 season, losing all three of their Rugby Championship matches, including a first ever loss to Argentina. They also suffered an embarrassing defeat to Japan at the World Cup, before progressing to the semi-finals where the All Blacks ended their title chances.

Those defeats eventually proved costly for Meyer.

Hoskins addressed journalists at SARU House in Plattekloof near Cape Town on Friday and when probed whether Meyer was offered a four-year contract extension, Hoskins responded with an emphatic “No!’’

“We didn’t discuss him being a possible candidate. That would be conjecture if I went into that. I’m not being evasive I hope, but if we sat down - which is now history - and had a mutual parting of ways, we wouldn’t have discussed him possibly coaching next time, so no, we didn’t go there.”