“Hie Kommie Bokke...”
Former Border Bulldogs player, Wayne Weyer is certain that the Springboks will reach the quarterfinals or win the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. He would be so sure, considering that his son, Lindsay Weyer (31), technical advisor for the Springboks, gives him exclusive information on the prospects of the team.
Weyer senior has played close to 200 games for the Bulldogs during the late 80s up to his retirement in 2000. During this time, his son was privy to touchline viewing for most of the games.
He has a Sports Management degree from the Nelson Mandela University and was previously the senior technical advisor for the Southern Kings. He is also a former first team player for Selborne College.
“I will be joining my son in Japan for a week in October. I am so confident of our chances that I have already booked flights just in time for the quarterfinals,” enthuses Weyer senior.
In the meantime, he is keeping tabs with the team via his son. Lindsay says the team is in a good mood and looking forward to conquering.
The Springboks are looking forward to facing New Zealand earlier on in the tournament, and want to make sure that they do not come up against them in the play-offs. “New Zealand is very chatty, but we are not paying them any attention as they are more under pressure than us.
We have embraced the Japanese culture and traditions during our training and preparation period. The Japanese have a lot of respect for people, so we want to understand them and hopefully win them over,” said Lindsay. Lindsay’s job, put simply, is to analyse opposition teams and, advise the team on how they can maximise their skills. He ensures that there is footage of training sessions, going as far as using a drone to capture scrumhalves and other movements that a coaching team may miss.
This way every technical aspect of the team is sharpened to ensure that they destroy any opposition they come across, including the ‘chatty’ ones.
When Wayne senior is not advising his son on matters of national importance, he spends his time refereeing local rugby games.
“Rugby is a family passion and I am glad that my son got the necessary exposure early on and was able to create modern opportunities for himself at such a level. His job with the Boks is foreign to me, we played rugby when the management team was the coach and some assistants,” concluded Weyer senior.