South Africa coach Heineken Meyer has refused to commit to staying on beyond the Rugby World Cup following the semi-final defeat to New Zealand. The Springboks fell short in a gruelling game at Twickenham, with the All Blacks prevailing 20-18 thanks to tries from Jerome Kaino and Beauden Barrett.
Meyer's contract is due to expire at the end of the tournament, and though his side face the loser of the second southern hemisphere semi-final between Argentina and Australia in the third/fourth place play-off - a game the 48-year-old curiously described as like "kissing your sister" - his reign as effectively reached its climax with no clarification over his future. Given the opportunity to commit his future to the team, who he believes could be one of the best of the world, Meyer refused to comment.
"I am there to serve," Meyer said. "Whatever it takes. I am really disappointed about tonight. I really believed out team could do it. I am just now thinking about today and I am always there to serve. I only wanted to make the country proud and we did it.
"I'll always be there to serve. We had our chances but they're a very good established team. The players that played in our team could still be there for the next World Cup. But it's not just about the World Cups, I really believe this team can go places. So many youngster came through in all positions and this could be one of the best teams in the world going forward.
"You have to take it on the chin, all credit to the All Blacks, we weren't good enough and I'll never be satisfied with losing any game. I take it personally. Like I said it has been a huge honour I wanted to serve my country and that is how I have seen it from the start. I am just going to take it day-by-day."
Asked whether new contract had been offered to him by South Africa Rugby, he added: "Like I said I am there to serve and the only thing that I worry about is togged my team on track and to focus on the next game. You must ask that to SA Rugby."