Leicester boss Meyer given compassionate leave
December 30, 2008
Leicester boss Heyneke Meyer has returned to South Africa on compassionate leave © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers Head Coach Heyneke Meyer has returned to South Africa after being granted compassionate leave in order to attend to a "serious family illness".
Leicester forwards coach Richard Cockerill will take charge of the side for this weekend's Guinness Premiership game with league-leaders Bath.
Meyer joined the Tigers from South African Currie Cup side Blue Bulls at the start of the season and has overseen 11 wins for his new side so far this season. The Tigers board has offered its full support to Meyer but will assess the impact of his absence over the next fortnight.
Meyer will be in contact with Cockerill and the coaching staff in the build up to the Bath game.
"Heyneke has made a big impression on everyone at the club since his arrival but we understand the situation he is in and we offer all of the support we can to him and his family," said Leicester chief executive Peter Wheeler.
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