Mallett douses Welsh flames

Nick Mallett has ruled himself out of the Wales national coaching job, after being told he was was of five overseas candidates to replace Mike Ruddock.

BBC Wales produced a list of potential new coaches that included Mallett, New Zealanders Warren Gatland, John Mitchell, Robbie Deans, John Kirwin and Sir Clive Woodward.

Deans (Crusaders) and Mitchell (Force) have already ruled themselves out.

Mallett said he was committed to Western Province for the remainder of his contract and also played down speculation that he might be in line for a top rugby post with Saru.

“I haven’t been contacted [by Wales]. At the moment I have got a two-year-restraint of trade in respect of coaching until 2007. The other one [a SA Rugby post] is just speculation. At the moment I am committed to Western Province and focusing on doing the job properly.

“My decision to return to South Africa was based on being back home with my family and children. It would not make sense for me to come back to Cape Town and shoot back overseas.”