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.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.