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Mallett puts future on hold

2011-11-22 16:25

London - Nick Mallett won't be taking charge of the England rugby side - at least not until after the Six Nations.

Having already turned down an initial approach from the Rugby Football Union to replace Martin Johnson, the former South Africa and Italy coach said on Tuesday that he will take some time to decide his next move.

British media have continued to link Mallett with the vacant post and the English-born South African is still rated a 14-1 fifth favourite by bookmakers to take the role.

He is in demand, with clubs in France also interested in his services.

"I've not spoken to anyone about international coaching positions," Mallett said. "But I would consider each on their own merits if it happens. I have been contacted regarding a few coaching jobs in the (French) Top 14, but I don't think I'll take anything before June 2012."

Mallett turned down the approach from the RFU because he does not want to report to director Rob Andrew, instead preferring to be answerable to a management board.

Andrew said last week he will not follow Johnson in resigning despite England's World Cup failure. Rated one of the pre-tournament contenders, England laboured to victory over Argentina, and racked up routine wins over Georgia and Romania before struggling to edge Scotland to a place in the next round.

With questionable selections and off-field indiscipline dominating headlines, England then lost to France in the quarter-finals.

With the Six Nations less than three months away and the European season approaching its halfway point, the RFU may have to appoint a caretaker coach for its title defense. Second-string coach Stuart Lancaster is a possible candidate for such a role.

The 55-year-old Mallett led South Africa to a record 17 straight Test wins from 1997-98 and was feted for helping turn Italy into a competitive side with notable wins over Scotland, France and Argentina.

Mallett stepped down last month after Italy exited the Rugby World Cup and is preparing to coach a southern hemisphere side in a December 3 charity match at Twickenham to help raise funds for wounded military personnel.

"My only commitment from a coaching point of view is the 'Help for Heroes' game," Mallett said. "I've been asked to coach the southern hemisphere team with Wayne Smith. That is an exciting prospect."

AP

Comments
  • Johan - 2011-11-22 16:29

    Come on Nick... coach the boks again Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please !!

      Jan-Burger - 2011-11-22 16:38

      Dit sal great wees ja! Actually enige iemand, net nie weer PDV nie!!!

  • John - 2011-11-22 16:35

    WP/Stormers are looking if rumours are true that Rassie is going to get a job with SARU. Unfortunately Mallett is unlikely to take the WP administrators BS.

      Paul - 2011-11-23 13:27

      If SARU appoint Rassie it would be a HUGE MISTAKE ... he is way overated and full of rugby politcal BS ... I even rather have PDV ... and that is saying alot ... Rassie with his attitude turned down the Bok Captaincy in 1999 before the World Cup ... and then after we had lost in the semi he came out saying that we would have won the Cup if we had a better Captain ...having a dig at Joost ...and then when Joost approched him about his statement he didn't even have the baalls to admit it .... Besides the next coach of the Boks must be a englseman ... the afrikaaners are definately the best players ....but if you look at the post isolation coaches you will see the english coaches way out preform the Afrikaners .. this is because the don't carry the political baggage ...look at Christie, Mallet, White and even Ian Mckintosh VS Sturelie, Viljoen ,Carel Du Plessis and Maarkrafft (exuse the spelling) yoy'll see that Im not full of BS !!!

  • Grant - 2011-11-22 17:34

    Please Nick....the Boks need you my man!

  • Barry - 2011-11-22 18:34

    I am afraid a lot of people have reasonably short memories. Mallett REALLY messed up when he last coached the Boks in a world cup If we could go speak to they players involved then we may find Div. is a far better option now

      Paul - 2011-11-23 13:29

      Mallet made1 mistake ..ok it was a big one ...dropping Gary Tiechman ... we would have won that WC !!!

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