Cardiff coach Rudi Joubert has confirmed that South African Rugby Pty Ltd have asked the Welsh club to releaase him from his contract.
The contract with Cardiff finishes in May 2003, but Joubert is wanted to take up a head coaching role with a Super 12 team.
"I have made no secret of my desire to coach South Africa," said Joubert, who has been told that the next Springbok coach will come from a Super 12 team.
Joubert was just beaten by Rudi Straeuli for the Springbok job last March.
Swansea's new coach, Australian John Connolly has brought in a fellow ustralian Paul Healy as his assistant at St Helen's.Healy was also Connolly's assistant at Stade Francais last season.
One man going out of a Premier club is Tony ('Charlie') Faulkner, who parts company with Caerphilly, following on the footsteps of previous head coach Terry Holmes. This leaves Mark Ring in complete control of the coaching at the Virginia Park club.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.