Rugby | Plumtree to take over if Heyneke goes?

Heyneke Meyer (Gallo)

Dubai – Will he stay or will he go?

That’s the R5 million – literally – question regarding Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Weekend reports suggested Meyer has already signed a new four-year Bok deal believed to be worth R5m a year.

However, this is not cast in stone and still needs to be approved by SARU’s general council which will meet in early December.

Should Meyer fall on his sword after in indifferent World Cup campaign – or if SARU give him the boot – SA bookies Sportingbet suggest New Zealand’s John Plumtree is the favourite to take over.

Plumtree has been installed as the early favourite for the role – at evens – followed by his compatriot and former Lions coach John Mitchell (5/2).

Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett can be backed at 5/1, with ex-Stormers boss Allister Coetzee on offer at 8/1.

Current coach of the Currie Cup champion Golden Lions, Johan Ackermann, looks an attractive bet at 10/1, while Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal is at 16/1.

Another former Springbok coach, Jake White, is an outsider at 33/1, but not as much of a long-shot as former Wallaby wing David Campese (100/1).

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