Mal­lett due back in stu­dio this week­end

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Mahlatse Mphahlele

For­mer Bok coach and rugby an­a­lyst Nick Mal­lett is set for a re­turn to the Su­perS­port screens this week­end af­ter an ab­sence of al­most two months.

It will be Mal­lett’s first ap­pear­ance since Ash­win Willemse walked out on his fel­low pan­el­lists Naas Botha and Mal­lett at the Su­perS­port stu­dios in Rand­burg af­ter a Su­per Rugby game be­tween the Lions and the Brumbies at the El­lis Park Sta­dium on May 19.

Su­perS­port spokesper­son Clin­ton van der Berg con­firmed that Mal­lett was sched­uled to be part of Satur­day’s Su­per Rugby matches to be played in Jo­han­nes­burg and Dur­ban.

The Lions host the Bulls in a Gaut­eng derby at El­lis Park, while the Sharks wel­come the Jaguares at Kings Park.

Botha and Willemse would not be join­ing him in the stu­dio, Van der Berg said.

“Naas worked last week­end and is not booked for this one.

“The is­sue of Ash­win re­mains un­re­solved and it has been handed over to the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.”

Willemse‚ who rep­re­sented the Spring­boks in 19 Tests be­tween 2003 and 2007‚ spoke of be­ing la­belled a “quota player” and re­fused to be “pa­tro­n­ised by two in­di­vid­u­als who played in an apartheid/seg­re­gated era”.

He said in a ra­dio in­ter­view this week he had not ruled out re­turn­ing to Su­perS­port along­side Botha and Mal­lett.

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