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Monday, September 08, 2008

Heyneke Meyer at the Leicester Tigers

Heyneke Meyer at the Leicester Tigers

While a large amount of attention was on the controversial Springbok coach Pieter De Villiers throughout the Tri Nations, there is one man who possibly could have been sitting in the hot seat if it weren't for a few, dare I say it, politically motivated decisions.

Heyneke Meyer narrowly missed out on taking over from Jake White despite being the frontrunner for the job. His success rate when coaching the Bulls speaks for itself, winning four Currie Cups and the first ever Super 14 title for a South African side in 2007.

But now, South Africa's loss is Leicester's gain, as Meyer, who initially hinted at leaving rugby altogether, has taken up the head coaching role with the Guinness Premiership finalists of last season, replacing Argentinian Marcelo Loffreda.

With Meyer at the helm, the Tigers couldn't have had a better start to the season as this past weekend they defeated Gloucester by twenty points to eight at Kingsholm.

"We always knew it would be tough. We knew Gloucester would come out firing and that we would have to get stuck in and show some attitude.

"Our fitness levels showed and I was very happy with the defence. Gloucester had a lot of opportunities out wide but we defended well."

The win puts Meyer and the club in good stead for the rest of the season, and is the perfect start for the man from Pretoria who has so much to offer.

This interview gives great insight into Meyer himself, and we hear from some of the players about the feeling in the camp and what the season holds.


Time: 04:28

Posted at 9:59 am | 6 comments

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FrankyH September 08, 2008 11:29 am

Anything more about Caucau and the Tigers? rumours only?

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Anonymous September 08, 2008 3:21 pm

yea i work for leicester on the board, we've just managed to sigh caucau on a nine year deal worth 4.7m with sposorship rights....dont tell anyone.its a bit hush hush....ps we've also clinched the signing of the british bulldog and brutus the barber beefcake.

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Henk September 08, 2008 5:02 pm

Ruan Pienaar is going to Leicester; Frans Steyn might be joining him! Congrats to Pieter de Villiers, chasing away the future of Springbok rugby - PRICK!!!!

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Anonymous September 08, 2008 7:37 pm

Peter De Villiers makes racist comments about how he is going to give the job back to the whites. Has he taken the job away from the whites or washe given the job because he is not white? am i missing something here? will there never be another coach picked on merit because he has a white skin? Hopefully the world is beginning to see what uneducated racist idiots we have to deal with daily. They are fucking up our country.

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Anonymous September 09, 2008 3:39 am

tigers should buy reg reagan show em how a real man plays rugby.

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Anonymous September 12, 2008 12:01 am

6m in sponsorship?!?!?!?!?!And I've heard ppl say that they had to win things because they were the poor GP side. What's that about?-Dune

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