South African Rugby Coach Heyneke Meyer to Stand Down, SARU Says

South Africa v Argentina - Bronze Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

South African rugby union coach Heyneke Meyer looks on with players after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina, in London, on Oct. 30, 2015.

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South African rugby union coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to step down from the role, according to the South African Rugby Union.

Meyer “has advised SARU that he no longer wished to be considered as a candidate to coach the Springboks,” as the South African national rugby team is known, the union’s governing body said on its Twitter account. Meyer considers the decision “to be in the best interest of South African rugby, following recent developments,” the body said.

South Africa’s national team were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England after losing to eventual champions, New Zealand.

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