Mallet is on course to join the Springboks coaching staff alongside Heyneke Meyer. ALSO: Heyneke must select black players.
After losing out on the England job to caretaker coach, Stuart Lancaster, Mallet said that his immediate future will be in Cape Town where he will asses his future.
Earlier the week he spoke to Mark Keohane on his website, keo.co.za, (click to read interview) where he said that he is definitely not closed to the option of joining the Boks on a consultancy basis should the opportunity arise.
‘I have huge respect for Heyneke as a person and as a coach. I was very pleased he finally got the opportunity as he’s done the hard yards over the last decade and enjoyed tremendous success in getting results, identifying talent and evolving that talent,’ said Mallett. ‘He [Heyneke] is a really good mate so I would help with pleasure if I was ever asked.’
‘I have no commitment to any club, province or international squad, so if there is a way I could make a difference to the Boks, then it would be great. If not, they’ll always have my support and I look forward to seeing them push for the top ranking because they certainly can be No 1 with Heyneke in charge, more so given the quality and class of player available for selection.’
Although he did not want to commit himself earlier in the week, it has emerged in a radio interview that talks between Mallet, Meyer and SA Rugby has taken place and that he might just be offered a permanent position on Meyer’s staff in the next couple of days.
Meyer who has struggled to convince unions and individuals to join his management team on such short notice (he was only appointed late in January himself) might have found the most qualified candidate in Mallet, who ironically got Meyer into top flight coaching over a decade ago when he (Mallet) was Springbok coach.
The circumstances surrounding Mallet’s availability could also not be more ironic. Where Meyer would at one stage have faced a Mallet-coached England team in June, he now has him on his side as they face a Lancaster-coached team.
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