Vic Meyer, the son of former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, was part of the FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns team that trounced FNB Wits Young Guns 47-0 in their opening match of the 2017 FNB Young Guns Northern Section campaign.
Meyer has been a part of the Blue Bulls setup for the last two seasons but is excited to be playing university rugby as well as pursuing a degree in BComm Human Resource Management.
“I’ve been seriously injured before so I know how quickly your career can end. It is important that players have something to fall back on while also playing a very entertaining brand of rugby. I’m ready to make a name for myself in Varsity Cup rugby,” said Meyer.
His father was instrumental in the Blue Bulls’ success of the 2000s and there is talk of his selection being based on his father’s achievements alone but this is something that Meyer does not concern himself with.
“I know it is naive to think that people will not judge me on what my father achieved. But the rugby family is a supportive one. My Young Guns teammates know what I bring to the table and how hard I work. Their opinions are the only ones that I take seriously,” stated Meyer.
The FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns have a new coach, Dewey Swartbooi, who took over from Jaco Pienaar at the beginning of the season. Meyer stated that their coaching philosophies are slightly different but it was easy to get behind Swartbooi’s way of coaching.
“Coach Dewey and coach Jaco have slightly different approaches but we worked with both last year so it was easy to settle in. Coach Dewey is a great coach and has taught us so much in such a short space of time. We trust his systems and know that he can guide us to victory,” said Meyer.
FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns travel to Johannesburg to face FNB UJ Young Guns in their FNB Young Guns Northern Section match on Monday, 20 February. Kick-off is scheduled for 16:15.
By Dan Lombard