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Nigel Davies, the current Head of Rugby Development at the Welsh Rugby Union, has accepted the post of Head Performance Coach at the Scarlets and will assume his role in time for the 2008-09 season.
The Stormers have made two changes to their team ahead of their crucial last Round Super 14 clash with the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Former Wallaby stalwart Matt Burke his given Mark Gerrard his vote to become Australia's first choice full-back.
Pedrie Wannenburg will start in a loose trio alongside Pierre Spies and Deon Stegmann for the Bulls against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday after Wikus van Heerden was ruled out of the Super 14 match with a knee injury.
Bragging rights won't get more personal in Saturday's Super 14 grudge match between the Waratahs and the Reds than for much-hyped prodigies Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith is believed to have been offered the job of England's back-line coach, with London Irish in stiff opposition.
Blues coach David Nucifora has stuck with the team that defeated the Highlanders last week for Friday's crucial Super 14 game against the Hurricanes at Eden Park.
Ian McGeechan has been named as the Head Coach for the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009.
Western Force fly-half Matt Giteau is determined to see the Force finish above his former side with a victory when they take on the Brumbies at Subiaco Oval on Friday.
Cheetahs lock Barend Pieterse will retire after this season's Currie Cup.