Fester can sleep easy

WP director of rugby Nick Mallett couldn’t coach the Stormers this year, even if he wanted to.

According to Die Burger, a verbal agreement with the president of the French club Stade Francais, where he coached for two years, prevents Mallett from coaching anywhere in the world until the end of 2007 – when his contract would have expired.

“After my stay in France, I wanted to return to South Africa to see my children finish their schooling,” Mallett told the newspaper. “My contract in France expires only in 2007, but they agreed that I could leave early.

“The president told me, however, he didn’t want me to coach professional teams anywhere else.

“My job is to work out all aspects of the game and to assist Kobus (Van der Merwe, the Stormers coach) and the other personnel.

“I perform an advisory and supporting role and cannot take over the coaching. That is Kobus’s job.”