Rugby Union: South Africa name Mallett as coach

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Nick Mallett became South Africa's seventh coach in six seasons yesterday. The 40-year-old former No 8 succeeds Carel du Plessis, who lasted six months in the job before being fired after a run of five defeats in eight matches this season.

Du Plessis pipped Mallett for the job in February but this time the Boland provincial coach was the only serious contender for South African sport's most precarious job. His appointment is until after the World Cup in 1999.

Australia's centre Jason Little yesterday ruled himself out of the Wallabies squad to tour England, Scotland and Argentina next month. Little has not fully recovered after having a piece of floating cartilage removed from a knee a fortnight ago.