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SARU confirm Meyer appointment

The South Africa Rugby Union have named Heyneke Meyer the new head coach of the Springboks following a meeting in Cape Town.

The 44-year-old's appointment was ratified on Friday morning following talks, and the Blue Bulls rugby executive will now begin preparing for his first match in charge, against England in Durban on June 9.

"Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I've experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are," said Meyer.

"I know the importance of rugby in the South African psyche and will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby.

"I'm very happy to accept this enormous honour and massive responsibility," he said.

Meyer, who takes over from Peter de Villiers, coached the Blue Bulls to Super 14 glory in 2007, having won the Absa Currie Cup in 2002, 2003, 2004 and a share of the crown in 2006.

Meyer left to take over as Leicester Tigers coach in 2008, but was in England only a short time, taking compassionate leave six months into his reign to attend to family matters back home and then handing in his resignation and returning to the Bulls in an executive role.

He also has national team experience as an assistant to both Nick Mallett and Harry Viljoen.

His name has previously been mentioned in relation to the top job, but Meyer admitted he had felt the need to wait.

"The first time I felt I still had things to achieve at the Bulls, and the second time it was decided to appoint someone else," he said. "I'd like to thank my family and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union for their unwavering support over the past decade. I hope to keep the country's rugby supporters united behind the Boks."

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