|Date of birth||6 October 1967|
|Place of birth||Nelspruit, Transvaal Province, South Africa|
|School||Bergvlam HS, Nelspruit|
|University||University of Pretoria|
|Years||Club / team|
2000 - 2002
2002 - 2007
2008 - 2009
Heyneke Meyer (born 6 October 1967 in Nelspruit, South Africa) is a rugby union coach. He succeeded Peter de Villiers as coach of South Africa's national team the Springboks on 27 January 2012 for a four-year term.
After studying sports psychology at the University of Pretoria, Meyer coached a variety of smaller clubs before joining the SWD Eagles as assistant coach in 1997. The following year he was promoted to head coach and took the team to seventh place in the Currie Cup and to the semi finals in the following year. In 2000 Meyer joined the Northern Bulls as head coach. In 2002 he became head coach of the Blue Bulls and coached them to four Currie Cup titles in between 2002 and 2006. In 2007, the team became the first South African team to win the Super 14 competition.
In February 2008 Meyer was expected to succeed Jake White as coach of the South African national team but after this job went to Peter De Villiers. Meyer quit rugby and accepted a senior position at a sports supplement company.
In June 2008 Meyer was appointed Head Coach at Leicester Tigers succeeding Marcelo Loffreda. In January 2009 he took compassionate leave from his Tigers post to attend to family matters in South Africa – however, Meyer tendered his resignation from the Tigers on 28 January 2009.
• 1988-1996: Coached a number of High School first teams, Under-21 sides and Carlton first teams in Pretoria.
• 1997: SWD Eagles assistant coach
• 1998: SWD Eagles head coach
• 1998: Emerging Springboks head coach
• 1999: DHL Stormers assistant coach
• 1999: SWD Eagles head coach
• 1999: Springbok assistant coach
• 2000: Vodacom Bulls head coach
• 2001: Vodacom Blue Bulls head coach
• 2001: Springbok assistant coach
• 2002: Vodacom Bulls head coach
• 2003: Vodacom Blue Bulls head coach
• 2004: Vodacom Blue Bulls head coach
• 2005: Vodacom Bulls head coach
• 2006: Vodacom Bulls head coach
• 2007: Vodacom Bulls head coach
• 2008-2009: Leicester Tigers (UK) head coach
• 2011: Tuks Varsity Cup – Advisor
• 2011: Blue Bulls Company – Executive: Rugby
• 2012: Springbok head coach
Married to Linda Meyer. They have three sons.
- In 2006 he was inducted into the University of Pretoria Sport Hall of fame.
- Vodacom Cup Champions with the Blue Bulls in 2001
- Absa Currie Cup Champions in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and joint champions in 2006
- Vodacom Super Rugby (Super 14) Champions in 2007
- "South Africa name Heyneke Meyer as new coach". BBC Sport. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
- "Statement on head coach Heyneke Meyer". Leicester Tigers. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=10413 Hall of fame Retrieved 25 June 2011
Peter de Villiers
|South Africa National Rugby Union Coach