Sacked coach linked with Eastern Cape Super 14 franchise

Sacked SWD Eagles rugby coach, Phil Pretorius, does not want to become involved in speculation about his immediate future.

Pretorius has settled in Stellenbosch after he was given the boot by the SWD Rugby Union shortly before the end of last season and is content playing the waiting game.

“I have been part of the main stream of SA rugby for 13 years. It is a long time,” he said bluntly.

“At the moment I’m taking a two months rest before I decide what direction I will go. I now have enough time to sort things out before I make a final decision.”


Pretorius has, along with former Bulls coach Heneye Meyer, already being linked to the new Eastern Cape Super 14 franchise.

“I have also heard these stories, but do not want to get involved in it now,” he said.

Meyer is believed to be considered as the Eastern Cape’s director of coaching, which can pave the way for Pretorius to become head coach.

With both being experienced coaches, Meyer and Pretorius could make a formidable team.

There are also those who believe Meyer would lure talented players from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth as he has a great following up North.


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