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Mallett rules out England move

2011-11-16 22:16

Cape Town - Former Springbok and Italy coach Nick Mallett says he won't apply for the new vacant position of England coach, after several reports linked him with the job.

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The position of England coach is now open after Martin Johnson quit on Wednesday.

Mallett acknowledges that he did consider taking up the position and was contacted by the English Rugby Football Union (RFU) over his availability.

"The RFU contacted me earlier this week to enquire about my availability for the position, should Martin Johnson resign. I had previously expressed my interest in the position publicly and was interested to hear what RFU representatives had to say.

"After mulling it over for a few days and discussing the opportunity with close friends and family, I have decided that I will not be making myself available for the position and I have disclosed this to the RFU," the former Springbok said in a statement.

Mallett says the detemining factor in his decision was his family, with whom he wants to spend more time.

"I am happy to have returned home to South Africa after a tremendous 4-year term with the Italian national team. We are settled in Cape Town and it is my wish to be able to enjoy time with my wife and kids after 4 years in Italy."

Mallett also thanked the RFU for the interest it showed in him. "The job of England coach is one of the most prestigious in world rugby and I wish them all the best in their quest for the best possible man for the job."

Sport24

Comments
  • Sean - 2011-11-16 23:13

    What about coaching the bokke ? :))

  • Burtfred - 2011-11-16 23:44

    I can't blame him for wanting to spend more time with his wife - Jane Whipp is quite a biscuit.

  • colin85 - 2011-11-17 07:04

    Must be Next SA coach! :)

  • Karoo - 2011-11-22 17:07

    Sounds like a man who would like to coach the Bokke. And on merit, he should,

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