Having complained about interference from director of rugby Nick Mallett, WP coach Kobus van der Merwe is set to be given free rein with the team and will have the power to contract players.
Van der Merwe and his coaching team often felt undermined by Mallett during the Stormers’ Super 14 campaign. Apparently this was offered as an excuse to the WP board by the head coach.
According to the Cape Times, Mallett himself has drawn up a proposal for WP’s rugby task committee in which he suggests that the director of rugby should not be involved in a hands-on capacity with the senior team or contracting of players.
“After a year in the job, Nick has evaluated the role of the director and the directorate of rugby and put forward a proposal for its functioning. It will go to the rugby task committee and be worked through. It will be unethical of me to divulge the contents,” said WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd managing director Rob Wagner told Stephen Nell.
Mallett also recommended in the wake of scathing player feedback that the coaches be sacked, but the WP board felt that Van der Merwe deserved a reprieve.