The Blue Bulls have given the biggest indication yet that their Head of Rugby Heyneke Meyer will be named at Springboks coach later this week.
The Blue Bulls have oddly released a statement saying they are not happy with SARU who have offered Meyer the position of National Coach.
Meyer was in line to coach the Springboks in 2008 after Jake White's contract was not renewed but was rejected in favour of Peter de Villiers who was appointed on the basis that he was not a white coach.
Meyer is said to have been told just days before the De Villiers announcement that he would named as Bok coach and subsequently took the let down so hard that he quit rugby and joined a sports supplement company.
Meyer then left South Africa and coached Leicester Tigers in England between June 2008 and February 2009 but had to return to South Africa to attend to family matters.
The Super Rugby winning coach then re-committed himself to the Blue Bulls who have today issued a statement saying that are not happy to let Meyer leave their employment.
"The Blue Bulls Board reiterated its position that Meyer is under contract with the Blue Bulls Company and had appointed Meyer as Executive Rugby, only after an undertaking and commitment by Meyer to lead Blue Bulls rugby over the next four years," read the statement.
"It is the Blue Bulls Board’s position that it would not be in the Blue Bulls interest to release Meyer after many resources and commitments have been made in order to enable Meyer to fulfill his mandate."
"Should Meyer however decide to accept the position of National Coach, he needs to inform the Blue Bulls Board of his decision to abdicate his responsibilities and commitments to the Blue Bulls.
"Although the Blue Bulls Board would be disappointed with such a decision by Meyer, the Board has faith in the coaching structures under the leadership of Frans Ludeke in taking the Bulls into the future."
In response to the Bulls press release , The South African Rugby Union (SARU) have admitted that discussions had been held with Heyneke Meyer regarding his possible appointment as Springbok coach but stressed in a release of their own that "No appointment has yet been made."
The statement added that, "The Executive Council (Exco) of SARU will be provided with a report back on those discussions at their meeting in Cape Town on Thursday. The Exco is constitutionally responsible for the appointment of the Springbok coach. Their recommendation has to be ratified by a General Meeting of SARU."
"A Special General Meeting will take place in Cape Town on Friday at which the decision of the Exco will be tabled for ratification."
SARugby have called a press conference for Friday afternoon where they say the new Springbok coach will be in attendance (if ratified).
The race for the Springbok head coach position was believed to be down to Gert Smal and Meyer with Smal the outright favourite until the middle of last week when he is believed to have haggled with SA Rugby over his contract value.
Meyer shot into the lead towards the end of last week and was expected to be named Bok coach on Friday with Rassie Erasmus as his assistant.