Family first for Meyer?

Heyneke Meyer could resign as head coach of the Leicester Tigers.

This is according to BBC rugby correspondent Ian Robertson, who says there is “a strong likelihood” the Super 14-winning coach will leave his post. Meyer recently flew back to South Africa citing a family emergency.

“Three members of his immediate family are involved in this,” Robertson told BBC Radio 5 Live. “One is recovering from a serious health threat while two others remain very seriously ill. There is a strong likelihood that in these sad circumstances he will be forced to relinquish the job and return on a more permanent basis to South Africa.”

Tigers forwards coach Richard Cockerill, who is coaching the side in Meyer’s absence, said he hoped the South African would come back to England and see out his three-year contract with the club.

“At this time Heyneke needs our support as a club. He’s got some issues to deal with at home and we wish him all the best and hope he’s back with us very soon.

“He didn’t leave until Tuesday evening, so he’s planned this whole week’s training, he’s picked the team, he’s done all the tactics and he’s been on the phone ever since.

“It’s not an issue from a rugby point of view and we’ll just get on with business as usual. Heyneke’s made a massive impression here and we want him here for the long term. He’s a world-class coach and need that continuity within the club.”