Heyneke Meyer (pic)
Guildford – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer on Wednesday said he is a “total nutter” as he announced his determination to stay as Springbok coach.
The two-time world champions suffered the biggest upset in World Cup history when they lost their opening match to Japan.
The team eventually went out in the semi-final against defending champions New
“I just know rugby gives this nation hope and if I can be part of the solution then I want to be part of it,” Meyer said as he announced his team for Friday’s third-place play-off against Argentina.
“It’s easy to criticise and I’ve probably made a lot of mistakes, but I’m a positive person, I want to be part of the solution,” he added.
“Seeing the youngsters coming through, if I can make a difference in any capacity I’ll do it.”
“I’m totally crazy, I’m a total nutter,” Meyer declared.
“Sometimes on the video I can’t believe it’s me, but that’s who I am on the sidelines.
“I just love my country and I love people, and if I can make a difference so be it.
“But I must say this is a tough job but still an honour.
Meyer said he believed the South African squad, a mixture of young
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein
15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez (captain), 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matas Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Substitutes: 16 Lucas Noguera, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Pablo Socino