24 Apr 2011

Italy coach Mallett to go after World Cup

12:25 pm on 24 April 2011

Italy will not renew national rugby coach Nick Mallett's contract after the World Cup in New Zealand in September and October.

The Azzurri have won only five Six Nations championship matches since South African Mallett took over from France's Pierre Berbizier after the 2007 World Cup and in a statement, the Italian Rugby Federation says it's decided not to continue its relationship beyond the Cup.

The statement says the decision is based on previous experience that contracts lasting more than four years do not always produce the expected results.