Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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The Independent Online
The South Africa coach, Nick Mallett, will be given a greater say in the organisation and selection of South Africa's Super 12 sides in future after another dismal season for the Republic's teams. Three of South Africa's teams finished in the bottom four of the table.

Alan Solomons was appointed as coach of South Africa's Western Province yesterday. He takes over from Harry Viljoen, who recently resigned from the post. The 47-year-old Solomons agreed to a contract of two-and-a-half years. The contract will also allow him to remain as assistant to South Africa's coach, Nick Mallett.