Western Province Rugby has reacted swiftly to reports that they have put Nick Mallett on a short leash.
A report in the Cape Times claimed that Mallett had been restricted in his duties following the disappointing Super 14 and Vodacom Cup campaigns.
An urgent press release was issued by the union in an attempt to quash the story. With reference to the headlines in the Cape Times pertaining to the curtailment of WP Director of Rugby, Nick Mallettâ€™s powers, WP Rugby issued the following statement.
â€œWP Rugby embarked on a scheduled process of introspection and investigation after the Vodacom Super 14 and Vodacom Cup seasons. As part of this process and after a year in the job, Nick Mallett has evaluated the newly created position of Director of Rugby and has submitted a proposal on its future structure and functioning, to WP Rugby. Included in his submission are his views on his future involvement with the senior teams of the Province.
â€œMallett has WP Rugbyâ€™s full support and WP Rugby has at no time, nor in any way, moved to curtail his influence, knowledge, vision, or guidance of rugby within the Province. WP Rugby is carefully considering Mallettâ€™s proposal.
â€œAll submissions made to WP Rugby as part of the review process are currently being considered and evaluated, and decisions for the good of rugby in the Province are pending.â€