Mallett eyes England job

Nick Mallett could be lured to England as overall director of rugby.

Mallett, former Bok coach and Western Province Director of Rugby since late last year, confirmed to the Guardian newspaper that he would definitely be interested in getting involved with England.

Mallett, who since his return to South Africa two years ago, has been ignored by the South African Rugby Union, has a contract with Western Province until 2007. While he is keen to stay in South Africa, he said he would definitely consider options in England.

“It is similar to the job I am doing at the moment. I am with Western Province until 2007 and I have not considered anything else until after the next World Cup, but the position with England does sound interesting. I would have no problems working in England or for the RFU:
I spent 12 years in France and played rugby in England and Italy,” said the England-born Mallett.

“Rugby is not a sport where you have to dedicate yourself to a single country. There are not many of these jobs around and you have to move to get them.”

The Guardian reported that the RFU will place advertisment later this week for the three full-time coaches who will work alongside the England head coach Andy Robinson, and it is also conducting an inquiry into various leaks to the media during the five-week review of the Six Nations Championship campaign which culminated in 10 people, including three members of the national management team, losing their jobs.